After being closed for two days due to flooding and street closures in the area, the Brookfield Zoo will reopen on Saturday, although it will close an hour earlier than normal.
Disasters like this week’s flooding bring out armies of volunteers to help those in need in the affected areas, doing what they can to bring a measure of comfort to the victims in a time of crisis.
The American Red Cross has opened seven shelters to provide relief for nearly 200 people who were forced from their homes this week by flooding in Cook, DuPage, Lake, and DeKalb counties.
Gasoline for 99 cents? You would need a canoe to get it in River Grove.
The designation will help speed and expand access to state emergency resources and allow the governor to pursue federal relief and support, a statement from the governor’s office said.
Friday morning, the cleanup began for residents of the Northwest Side neighborhood on the banks of the North Branch of the Chicago River.
The surging Des Plaines River has overwhelmed the town of Forest View, flooding the vast majority of the area, and prompting a massive evacuation.
Residents in flooded areas across Chicago are facing a daunting task as they deal with rising water from this week’s massive rains.
The Bishop Ford Expressway remains closed Friday morning, one day after torrential rains pounded Chicago and the suburbs, dumping over five inches of rain.
Police and firefighters in the town of Marseilles in LaSalle County went door-to-door Thursday night, asking hundreds of people in a low-lying area to evacuate their homes because of rising water from the Illinois River.
A southwest suburban hospital has evacuated patients because of rising floodwaters from a nearby creek and the Illinois River.
The animals are doing fine, zoo directors said, and the zoo will have staff on site to continue to look after them.
Some enterprising plumbers have been making a lot of money from the flooding on the North Side, where they’ve been side-stepping the law to help people out.
As he toured flood damage in the western and northwestern suburbs, Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency, and said residents of northeastern Illinois must be prepared for flooding throughout the state over the next few days.
Thursday’s spring storm, which brought lightning strikes, high winds, heavy rain and flooding, knocked out power to thousands of ComEd customers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
Here are some of the 24 hour rainfall totals as of 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service:
The huge amount of rain over the past 24 hours has filled the large underground flood control system known as Deep Tunnel.
Officials in several west and northwest suburbs have declared various states of emergency or disaster Thursday morning, urging residents not to travel and others not to venture in because of flooding, road closures and stressed emergency resources.
Governor Pat Quinn this morning activated the State Incident Response Center (SIRC) in Springfield to assess flooding and severe weather in several areas of the state and expedite assistance that may be needed by local public safety officials to protect citizens.
Flooding has caused the CTA to reroute several buses.