CHICAGO (CBS) — The rain might have stopped falling hours ago, but most of the Chicago area remained under a flood warning Tuesday morning, with many streets still covered in water from a series of storms that dropped nearly 5 inches of water in some suburbs.
An areal flood warning – which is issued for flooding that occurs gradually, typically from prolonged rainfall – has been issued for parts of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, LaSalle, Lee, Kane, Kendall, Grundy, Ogle and Will counties until 10:30 a.m.
According to National Weather Service rainfall totals posted at 7 a.m., in a 24-hour period beginning Monday morning, 4.45 inches of rain had fallen in Elburn, 4.11 inches had fallen in Carol Streem, 3.98 inches in Elmhurst, 3.35 inches in Batavia, 2.92 inches in Peotone, and 2.85 inches in Oak Park.
In an earlier rainfall total list, the National Weather Service reported 4.9 inches of rain in Glen Ellyn, 3.4 inches at DuPage Airport, and 3 inches in Wheaton.
In Chicago, the official rainfall total from Monday’s storm was 2.56 inches measured at O’Hare International Airport. That made Monday the wettest calendar day in Chicago since last August. Over the past five days, 3.96 inches of rain fell at O’Hare, the most in a five-day span since April 15-19, 2013, according to the National Weather Service.
Some local rivers – including the Kankakee and Fox rivers – were still flooded past their banks Tuesday morning, as all the rain from Monday slowly dries out.
Though many streets that flooded on Monday have since dried out, in many other areas – particularly in west suburban Stone Park – flood waters have been slow to recede, leaving some streets still looking more like rivers Tuesday morning.
Part of Mannheim Road was closed overnight in Stone Park, due to flooding, but it reopened by about 6 a.m. However, many residential streets were still covered in standing water. Local officials said there were no reports of damage from the flooding, and said the standing water was not stopping residents from using their streets.
Palos Park also had flooding issues along 135th Street, between Harlem and Ridgeland avenues. Officials said that area floods regularly in heavy storms.
As of 7:40 a.m., the right lane of York Road was closed north of Ogden Avenue in Hinsdale, due to flooding. Some nearby parking lots also were flooded.
Dry conditions on Tuesday should bring some relief from the recent flooding, but scattered storms were expected to return on Wednesday, and there’s a chance of rain again Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.