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U.S. 41 Reopens In Lake Bluff; Flooding Still A Threat Elsewhere

A railroad viaduct along Skokie Highway was flooded by heavy rains on Monday, leaving a long line of trucks stranded for several hours as they waited for the water to drain enough to pass. (Credit: CBS)

A railroad viaduct along Skokie Highway was flooded by heavy rains on Monday, leaving a long line of trucks stranded for several hours as they waited for the water to drain enough to pass. (Credit: CBS)

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(CBS) – Though some of the flooding from Monday’s thunderstorms has receded, the Des Plaines River was still overflowing its banks on Wednesday, and the North Branch of the Chicago River was near flood stage in some areas, with more rain on the way Wednesday evening.

U.S. Route 41 (Skokie Highway) in Lake Bluff reopened to traffic Wednesday morning, approximately 36 hours after it was closed in both directions because of a flooded viaduct, which prompted Lake Bluff elementary and middle schools to cancel classes on Tuesday.

Monday’s storms brought up to 4 inches of rain to parts of the northern suburbs, flooding many streets and basements, and swelling some rivers past their banks.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood warning for the Des Plaines River near northwest suburban Des Plaines until late Wednesday night, and in Lincolnshire until Wednesday afternoon.

In both areas, the river was only slightly past flood stage Wednesday morning, but that could change depending on how much rain falls.

CBS 2 Meteorologist Megan Glaros reports it will begin raining on and off around 4 p.m. in the Chicago area, and continue through Thursday morning.

A flood warning also was issued for the Fox River near New Munster, where the river was at 11.1 feet, more than a foot above its flood stage. The river was expected to continue rising Wednesday evening, and might not fall below flood stage until Sunday.

A flood advisory also has been issued until Wednesday afternoon for the North Branch of the Chicago River at Albany Avenue, where the river was about a foot and a half shy of flood stage Tuesday night, and should continue to fall.