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Eisenhower reopens after overnight flooding

Parts I-290 were closed due flooding early Tuesday. / Phofrom NVP.

Parts of I-290 were closed due to flooding early Tuesday. / Photo from NVP.

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Updated: August 5, 2014 7:50AM



Parts of the Eisenhower Expressway were closed for more than four hours and part of the CTA’s Blue Line was shut down temporarily early Tuesday because of flooding from storms, according to Illinois State Police and the CTA’s website.

About 12 a.m., Interstate 290 closed in both directions from Harlem to 1st Avenue, state police said. Flooding started near the Des Plaines exit and went all the way up to 25th Avenue, police said.

Forest Park Fire Department officials reported helping several stranded motorists as four or five vehicles were stuck in the high water on the Eisenhower. No one was injured, officials said.

Lanes reopened just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Blue Line service was temporarily suspended between Forest Park and the Harlem-Congress branch, the CTA said. Normal service resumed about 4:15 a.m.

A flash flood warning from the National Weather Service had been in effect until 2:30 a.m. for western suburbs in Cook County including Brookfield, Berwyn, Forest Park, La Grange, Lyons, Riverside, Westchester, North Riverside and Western Springs, according to the National Weather Service.

On Monday night, six inches of standing water was reported on La Grange Road near Harris Avenue, while water was coming out of manhole covers nearby, the weather service said. Brookfield also saw dime-sized hail Monday evening.

An urban and small stream flood advisory had been in effect for several west, south and southwest suburbs until 1:30 a.m., according to the weather service. Runoff from the excessive rain could lead to flooding in Addison, Alsip, Cicero, Elmhurst, Maywood, Midlothian, Oak Lawn, Oak Park and River Forest, according to the weather service.

Monday night, the storms caused 45-minute delays at O’Hare International Airport and hourlong delays at Midway Airport, the Chicago Department of Aviation said. Airlines canceled 90 flights at O’Hare because of the weather, but service had returned to normal at the airport as of 7:45 a.m.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible after midnight, when lows will drop to the low- to mid-60s, the weather service said.

Tuesday brings a 20-percent chance of more showers and thunderstorms in the morning before reaching a high in the upper 70s.



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