Flood, freezing rain advisories expire, leaving some messes behind
SUN-TIMES STAFF REPORT January 10, 2014 5:12PM
1/10/14 Chicago- A pedestrian makes is way down N. Clark St. at Ridge through ankle deep slush Friday evening. Stacia Timonere/for Sun Times Media ORG XMIT: CST1401101949412598
Updated: January 11, 2014 12:20AM
Flood and freezing rain advisories came and went in the Chicago area Friday night, but not before the area saw a scattering of street and expressway flooding.
The metro area and surrounding suburbs saw between a half-inch to an inch of rain since late afternoon, said NWS meteorologist Eric Lenning.
Multiple streets and at least one expressway were flooded with water, officials said.
Police responded to flooding on both Interstate 94 at Lake Cook Road and the intersection of 95th Street and Stony Island Avenue around 5:30 p.m., Illinois State Police said.
The underpass on Dempster Street below Milwaukee Avenue in north suburban Niles was closed for nearly two hours as of 6:15 p.m., Niles police said.
But rainfall is not the only reason streets around the area are seeing flooding.
“It’s the fact that a lot of the drains are clogged with snow and ice, so water has no where to go,” Lenning said.
Freezing rain is piling up roads and sidewalks, making roads look like an ice rink after a Zamboni passes over, Lenning said.
O’Hare International Airport canceled more than 200 flights Friday, and a “handful” were canceled at Midway International Airport, according to the city’s Department of Aviation.
Police are advising area residents to stay indoors and avoid driving on the icy roads.