One year ago, an unrelenting storm system caused widespread flooding in the Chicago area. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
Though an areal flood watch remains in effect until mid-afternoon for virtually all of northern Illinois, at least one official who monitors water levels in local rivers and streams said there’s less risk than feared, thanks to less rain than originally forecast.
Although officials in the city and suburbs are watching the approaching storm, they’re not sure what to expect.
Chicago area residents were rushing to get roofs clear of ice dams, and shovel ice and snow away from storm drains and catch basins on Wednesday, as the heavy snow cover continues to melt, with rain on the way.
After nearly five inches of snow on Monday, Chicago residents were digging out again on Tuesday, and were running out of places to put all the snow. All that snow could create another problem when it begins melting, possibly causing flooding in some areas.
Record snow this winter could mean record flooding soon.
With temperatures expected to rise above freezing for the first time of 2014 on Friday, forecasters urged drivers to use caution as fog rolls into the area for the morning commute.
Crews in southern Indiana are going back out this morning to search the flooded White River for a 31-year-old woman from northwest suburban Des Plaines, after she was swept away yesterday morning.
An area of heavy rainfall moving east will shower the region with one to two inches of rain and cause minor flooding, according to The National Weather Service, which issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for northwestern Illinois.
A Chicago fourth grader called the press to his South Side school on Friday to announce a toy drive to benefit kids who were victims of the flooding in Colorado and the tornadoes in Oklahoma.
A historic school that has long been a thorn in the side of Gurnee School District 56 is coming down.
The “last blast” on Monday at the Thornton Quarry, along I-80, was the first step toward using the big hole to help relieve flooding on the South Side and in the south suburbs.
Strong storms knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses Wednesday night, blew over several freight train cars, flooded many Chicago area streets, and cost a maintenance worker his life.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan would involve building levees, restoring some lands to their natural states as marshes or prairies, as well as flood-proofing some homes.
Because of high and fast-running water caused by last week’s storms, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and its Conservation Police have banned boating along the Fox River between the dam at McHenry and the dam at Montgomery.
Severe thunderstorms moved through the Chicago area Thursday afternoon, bringing heavy rains and high winds.
Rescue teams moved from the Flint Creek in Lake Barrington to the Fox River on Wednesday in search for a man and his dog, who were seen earlier in the day caught in the water floating downstream.
Heavy rainfall that continued for several hours early Wednesday in the north and northwest suburbs left many streets and homes flooded.
Continuous heavy rainfall for several hours Wednesday morning caused flooding in several northern suburbs, and forced state police to shut down part of the Edens Expressway.
Hundreds of people in flood-affected areas lined up outside a North Side state assistance agency on Wednesday to apply for food assistance.