Record Rainfall For April: 8.5 Inches

CHICAGO (CBS) — Last week’s deluge, combined with Tuesday’s rainfall make this April the wettest on record.

As of Wednesday morning, a total of 8.54 inches of rain has fallen at the official reporting station at O’Hare International Airport.

Much of that rain swamped the area last week, plus nearly an inch of rain fell on Tuesday in some locations.

Records have been kept since 1871.

Residents all across Chicagoland have been cleaning up flood damage for days.

Residents near rivers like the Des Plaines, Fox, Illinois and DuPage are still dealing with flooded streets and basements.

Towns along those rivers saw record, or near-record, flood stages.

The flooding prompted Gov. Pat Quinn to seek federal disaster relief funds for affected communities.

The Top 5 wettest Aprils on record in Chicago are:

1. 2013 — 8.54 inches

2. 1947 — 8.33 inches

3. 1975 — 7.84 inches

4. 1909 — 7.73 inches

5. 1983 — 7.69 inches

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