May 15, 2018

Chicago Area Experiences Floods, Hail

Heavy spring storms bring flooding and hail to Chicago and surrounding suburbs

Chicago area faces flooding with heavy spring rains
Chicago area faces flooding with heavy spring rains

On May 14, spring rains brought flooding and nickel-sized hail to the Chicago area. Lake County, Ill., experienced standing water and basement flooding. According to WGN 9 News, residents of Waukegan, Ill., attribute the flooding to sticks, stones, grass clippings and other debris covering storm drains and preventing proper drainage. 

The north suburb of Gurnee, Ill., had several streets closed due to standing water, including Grand Avenue between O’Plaine Road and 1st Street, and Route 41 at Depot Road and Kilbourne Road, as reported by Chicago 5 News.

The National Weather Service predicts heavy rains will continue through the morning of Tuesday, May 15, and issued a severe thunderstorm watch the evening of Monday, May 14, as nickel-sized hail and winds up to 60 mph moved through the northeast suburbs. The Chicago Daily Herald reports the Fox River in New Munster, Wisc., is at minor flood stage at 10.75 ft and the Fox River, Chain O’Lakes and Des Plaines River are all under flood warnings and advisories. 

At Chicago airports, O’Hare had nearly 350 flight cancellations and Midway had nearly 50 cancellations, according to ABC 7 Chicago. In a city that suffers frequent combined sewer overflows, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago urged residents to limit water use during rain storms.

With storms clearing, Chicago area is not expected to see more rain until the weekend, where flood risk will likely return in the low-lying city.