Updated 05/13/14 – 10:35 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Heavy rainfall from a series of thunderstorms that moved through the Chicago area on Monday and early Tuesday left several roads impassable, and many basements flooded, especially in the northern suburbs, where the rain was heaviest.
Flooding also prompted the closure of all elementary schools and middle schools in Lake Bluff School District 65. More than 4 inches of rain have fallen in Lake Bluff since Monday afternoon.
The National Weather Service flood warnings Tuesday for Lake County and north central Cook County, where up to 4 inches of rain fell from Monday afternoon through early Tuesday.
A flood warning was issued for the North Branch of the Chicago River at Albany Avenue from Tuesday afternoon through late Tuesday night. The river was expected to rise past flood stage at that location by Tuesday evening, but fall below flood stage again later Tuesday night.
The National Weather Service also issued a flood warning for the Des Plaines River near Des Plaines from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning.
Rain fell at rates of up to an inch per hour Monday night. North suburban Lake Bluff was inundated with slightly more than 4 inches of rain, as of 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service; while Glencoe got nearly 3.6 inches, Woodstock got 3.1 inches, Lake Zurich got 2.5 inches, and Waukegan got slightly more than 2 inches. Chicago’s official total from the storm was nearly 2.1 inches of rain at O’hare International Airport. The village of Hebron in McHenry County got 3.8 inches of rain.