Storms cause flooding in Chicago, suburbs

May 29, 2011 8:40:41 PM PDT
Severe storms with intense downpours caused flooding on roads and in basements throughout the city and suburbs Sunday.

There was no major flooding but there was enough to be more than just a passing nuisance. For some areas that are just flood-prone, the constant cleaning up and drying out after every rainfall is getting tiring for the homeowners who live there.

Michael Sullivan lives in the 2600-block of West Albion in Rogers Park, and while the area is certainly flood-prone, he says this street never got it until the last year or so.

"Every time we get a rainfall, we get a lake. It's lakefront property," Sullivan said. "It would be great, the kids love playing in it, except that we get flooding. The water comes over the curb, seeps into the ground and then comes in through the foundation."

The result of Sunday's rainfall for Sullivan was a flooded utility room. By the time ABC7 arrived at Sullivan's home, however, it was mostly dried out. A few minutes later, a water management crew showed up to drain the water on Sullivan's street.

In the northwest suburbs, it was pretty much the same story. In Hoffman Estates, vehicles were left floating in the street. More than one retention pond overflowed, flooding entire parks like Hanover Park.

Near the intersection of Laurel and Mulberry in Hanover Park, homeowner Maurice Parnell worked on draining his backyard. "The sewer system is inadequate. It's inadequate to the point that it can't take all the water when it comes this fast. Basically that's just it," Parnell said.

The Hernandez family lives next door to Parnell. In the past, they say their basement has flooded with water up to their knees. On Sunday, they used tennis balls to try and block the drains from continuing to overflow.

"Today it was really unexpected, but we managed to get it under control," Robert Hernandez said. When asked what happened to his house, Hernandez replied: "The water started backing up from the tubs and the toilets, and we had to do something to stop it, because it wasn't stopping."

The Hernandez family says they were headed to a Memorial Day barbeque when they had to run back home to deal with the flooding.

Other areas that were impacted by the heavy rains included Carol Stream and Joliet. In fact, the suburb of Carol Stream reported one inch of rain fell in just 15 minutes.

Kankakee County sees 2nd storm in a week
High winds toppled trees and knocked down powerl ines in parts of Kankakee County.

Some folks were out cutting fallen limbs and trying to clean up Sunday afternoon. It was the second storm to cause damage in the Kankakee area in the past week.

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