Clean up begins after flooding in Oak Lawn

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Oak Lawn homeowners are assessing the damage from major flooding Friday morning.

Nearly four inches of rain pounded the southwest suburb and other nearby communities in just a short period of time.

Some roads were under three feet of water as of 6am and many vehicles were stuck. As of 11am, most of the water was receded. The hardest-hit section of Oak Lawn is a low-lying area.

Kathleen Meany, president of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, says two pumps are running. She also says ComEd is working to fix a transformer that was hit by lightning. Nearly 600 homes and businesses are without power.

Meany's urging residents to be patient, hunker down, and be safe.

She adds nothing could have been done to prevent the flooding, and is concerned about possible storms later Friday.

If you live in Oak Lawn and need help from the Public Works Dept., call 708-422-8292.

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