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Eisenhower partially 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 3:10PM



One inbound lane of the Eisenhower Expressway remains closed Tuesday morning as a result of flash flooding from storms Monday night, according to Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

About one-tenth of a mile of the far right inbound lane of the expressway remained closed near Des Plaines Avenue as of 9 a.m. Tuesday as IDOT crews repaired pavement, according to state police.

The closure is due to flash flooding after about four inches of rain fell in a little more than an hour overnight, according to IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell.

Besides closing the Eisenhower, the flooding and heavy rains also had led to canceled flights at O’Hare International Airport and halted service on part of the CTA Blue Line.

Parts of the Eisenhower were closed for more than four hours before most lanes reopened about 4 a.m., according to the state police. The highway had been closed in both directions between Harlem and 1st avenues, state police said. Flooding started near Des Plaines Avenue 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.

Service had returned to normal at both Chicago airports by 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. Monday night, the storms had caused 45-minute delays at O’Hare and hourlong delays at Midway Airport, the Chicago Department of Aviation said. Airlines canceled 90 flights at O’Hare because of the weather.

Meanwhile, Blue Line service was temporarily suspended from Harlem to the Forest Park stop at the end of the line, 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 were 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.

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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