Chicago weather rain radar: HUGE flash flood ALERT as warning issued and rivers swell
Chicago’s wet weather is set to continue on Thursday as rain began moving through the area around 7am local time. Flash flood watches remain in effect from Thursday morning until 5pm. The US city of Chicago has already had a stormy start to the week, with heavy downpours, lightning and at times hail in parts of northern Illinois.
Floodwaters are currently covering a number of busy roads in the south and west suburbs of the city.
Flood watches are in effect for portions of Illinois and northwest Indiana, including:
- Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, La Salle, Lake IL, Livingston, and Will.
- Northwest Indiana: Lake.
A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.
Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation and people should be monitoring the latest forecasts and be prepared to take action should warnings be issued.
Weather forecasts are also saying showers and thunderstorms may produce localised rainfall totals of an inch to an inch and a half.
Given that the ground is saturated from the previous heavy rainfall, any additional rainfall may cause flash flooding.
Localised flash flooding and flooding of poor drainage areas will be possible, along with additional rises on rivers, streams, creeks, and retention ponds.
Water levels in Naperville have forced the riverwalk to close down and with more rain on the way, city crews are preparing for more flooding.
The DuPage River, located in Plainfield, is also keeping residents worried as the water levels continue to rise.
Niles and Lisle are dealing similar situations, with several inches of water covering parks and streets.
In Orland Park, police said a number of streets remain closed Thursday morning.
On Twitter, the Orland Park Police Department said they are “still experiencing flooding” on the roadways listed below:
- Southwest Highway – 131st to 135th—Closed in both directions and everything North of 13700 (Automedics Towing) is completely flooded and still closed.
- 135th Street – Southwest Highway to Crescent (Near LaGrange Road)—Barricades still in place and it is becoming passable through middle of road. Still closed in both directions, however.
- Wolf Road – 143rd to 151st—Closed in both directions / Water still on roadway but is passable.
- 143rd Street – Wolf Road to Creek Crossing—Closed in both directions. Still significant water flow on roadway.
- Will Cook Road – 15700 Block – water on roadway, but passable. Water on roadway signs are up.
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