CHICAGO — Sunday’s heavy rainfall caused flooding and low visibility on roads across Chicago and surrounding areas.
On the Near West Side, the viaduct by West Kinzie Street & Ashland Avenue was inundated by floodwater, but cars with hazard lights blinking were still spotted driving through it and at least one driver was forced to abandon their vehicle.
Heavy rains made East 130th Street in South Deering impassable, so Chicago Police had to block off the road, but some drivers still attempted to navigate through the standing water.
Even those who turned around before getting stuck found themselves frustrated with road conditions.
“I was on my way to work and I couldn’t get through. Tried to go down 130th Street, I tried to take State Street down,” said Melissa Musial, a driver who attempted to navigate the flooded roads. “Torrance Avenue was completely flooded. I’ve been sitting here in my car for hours.”
Over in Calumet City, firefighters had to rescue drivers stranded in the flood water.
Residential blocks near Luella Avenue & Sibley Boulevard were underwater.
“The way it looks, people don’t need their cars, they need some boats,” resident Christopher Moore said.
As the rain picked up throughout the day, the parking lot at Pete’s Market started to look like a river.
“I’m trying to do Instacart and I can’t make my money. I can’t even get in the store. It’s so bad,” Melissa Maybell, another resident impacted by the flooding, said.
Businesses in the shopping plaza along Sibley Boulevard were also impacted by the flash flooding.
“The water just came in through the door from the front and we ended with two inches of water on our floor, and now we’re doing cleanup,” Fredrick Walls, the owner of Highly Flavored Chicago City Grill, said.
According to the National Weather Service, rain is expected to continue throughout the evening.