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Chicagoans Struggle To Get Home From East Coast, Airline Travel Slowly Resumes

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The board at O'Hare was not encouraging for people flying to New York on Wednesday. (CBS)

The board at O’Hare was not encouraging for people flying to New York on Wednesday. (CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Airline travel to and from the east coast is starting up again. Planes are taking off from New York’s JFK Airport. However, LaGuardia is still closed.

Earlier today, the runways were still under water.

The airport says a limited number of flights will be able to get in and out tomorrow.

That may help Chicagoans struggling to get home.

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports that O’Hare’s flight boards show nothing flying in or out of New York’s three major airports. Chicagoans are scrambling for other options to get home.

Susan Bogdan is relieved to be back home. Bogdan just made it back from New York and said, “I was originally scheduled to fly out of LaGuardia on Monday. I knew that wasn’t going to happen”.

Her flight was rescheduled four times but Bogdan of North Riverside and her five-month-old daughter Molly finally made it back today, flying out of White Plains, New York after visiting family.

“I wasn’t stranded but we didn’t have any power since Monday and I wanted to get home. I have two other kids at home and I didn’t want to miss Halloween,” she said.

Tom and Anne Healy and their 3 kids arrived at Midway aboard the first flight to leave New York’s Long Island airport. With power out, they didn’t even know the airport had reopened.

There is no timetable for when La Guardia will reopen.

The runways and taxiways were under several inches of water in the wake of the storm.

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