Chicago Flooding

Brookfield Zoo was closed this week following region-wide flooding. (Brookfield Zoo)

Brookfield Zoo To Reopen After Floods Begin Receding

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.


Flood Relief Workers: ‘Hopefully Our Presence Really Helps People’

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.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2013

Flood waters poured into many homes in north suburban Northfield. (Courtesy: Brian Bell)

Red Cross Providing Shelter For 200 Affected By Floods

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.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2013

A glitch in the digital sign showed gasoline for under a buck in River Grove. (Credit: Jim Deveros)

Gas For 99 Cents? Blame The Flood

Gasoline for 99 cents? You would need a canoe to get it in River Grove.


Workers pile up sandbags outside a Gurnee barbershop on Thursday. (Credit: Ed Curran/CBS)

Governor Declares 38 Counties Disaster Areas Due To Floods

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.


Sandbags still sit outside a home in Albany Park, where flooding had left many streets and basements underwater on Thursday. The flooding began receding Thursday evening, and many of those streets and homes were dry by Friday. (Credit: CBS)

Flooding Recedes In Waterlogged Albany Park Neighborhood

Friday morning, the cleanup began for residents of the Northwest Side neighborhood on the banks of the North Branch of the Chicago River.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2013

Crews used inflatable rafts and other boats to evacuate residents from Forest View, after the Des Plaines River flooded most of the town. (Credit: CBS)

Residents Evacuated From Forest View After Massive Flooding

The surging Des Plaines River has overwhelmed the town of Forest View, flooding the vast majority of the area, and prompting a massive evacuation.


The swollen Des Plaines River reaches near the Madison Street Bridge near Maywood and Oak Park in 2013. (Photo courtesy Scott Davidson)

Flood Waters Persist For Chicagoland

Residents in flooded areas across Chicago are facing a daunting task as they deal with rising water from this week’s massive rains.


Bishop Ford Remains Closed Due To Flooding

The Bishop Ford Expressway remains closed Friday morning, one day after torrential rains pounded Chicago and the suburbs, dumping over five inches of rain.


The Illinois River is flooding the town of Mareilles. (CBS)

Flooding Displaces Hundreds Of Marseilles Residents

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.


Morris Hospital was evacuated as a precaution Thursday. (CBS)

Morris Hospital Evacuates As Floodwaters Rise

A southwest suburban hospital has evacuated patients because of rising floodwaters from a nearby creek and the Illinois River.


Brookfield Zoo was closed this week following region-wide flooding. (Brookfield Zoo)

Brookfield Zoo Closes Because Of Flooding

The animals are doing fine, zoo directors said, and the zoo will have staff on site to continue to look after them.


Brian Bell took this photo of a neighbor's flooded basement in north suburban Northfield. (Courtesy: Brian Bell)

Permits Or Not, Plumbers Working Overtime In Wake Of Flooding

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.

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Gov. Pat Quinn visits west suburban Elmhurst to view damage from flooding on April 18, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn: ‘We All Have To Work Together’ In Face Of Major Flooding

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.


(Photo by By: Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Nearly 5,000 ComEd Customers Still Without Power

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.


Flooding on Monticello Avenue in Albany Park came up to the hoods of many cars parked on the street. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM)

Chicago Area Rainfall Totals, April 18 2013

Here are some of the 24 hour rainfall totals as of 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service:


A hydrant spews water in Forest Park on Thursday. (Credit: Scott Davidson)

Massive Rain Fills Deep Tunnel Flood Control System

The huge amount of rain over the past 24 hours has filled the large underground flood control system known as Deep Tunnel.


Fox River flooding near in Barrington. (Credit: Cyndi Zurawski)

State Of Emergency Declared In Suburbs

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.


Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn To Provide State Help If Needed

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.


CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA Reroutes Buses Due To Flooding

Flooding has caused the CTA to reroute several buses.