Flood waters receding after rains leave south suburb underwater

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STEGER, Ill. — Overnight storms left some communities in the south suburbs and northwest Indiana underwater, flooding roadways, homes and businesses.

Flood waters began receding Thursday morning in downtown Steger, but in many ways the damage was done. Residents say it’s far worse than previous flooding.

A sleepless and exhausted Marielle Zagone pumped water out of her flooded Steger home Thursday.

“You just take one step at a time that’s all you can do,” Zagone said, choking back tears.

Wednesday night’s freakish thunderstorm and flash flooding dealt the south-suburban community a staggering blow.

Rick Costello says the flood has destroyed his business, “R Shop Automotive,” with all his cars, trucks and equipment ruined by the floodwaters.

“It put me out of business,” Costello said.

Across town, residents expressed hope new Illinois Governor JB Pritzker will come survey the damage, because people in the hard-working community fear they’re going to need some help.

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 5:30 pm. for portions of Cook and Will counties.


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