Flood water begins to recede in north suburbs, clean-up continues

Flooding is causing problems in the city and suburbs after several days of heavy rains pushed many rivers and creeks above flood levels.
May 13, 2014 2:55:35 AM PDT
Flooding is causing problems in the city and suburbs after several days of heavy rains pushed many rivers and creeks above flood levels.

Route 41 in Lake Bluff has been closed since Monday night between Route 176 to the south and Buckley Road to the north.

The waters have receded a bit, but it has been very slow going.

One driver thought he could get through the water at least far enough to turn around. He was wrong.

Fortunately Nick Christodoulou came to the rescue with his pick-up truck.

"You don't know where the concrete is. That's why when I came in I came around into the restaurant because I'm not going in there even with this," Christodoulou said.

Other drivers know better than to try it. Mark Young has a load to drop off about a half a block down.

"It would be a little easier if I could get in there and get out like usual, but not today," he said.

The aftermath of the storm has Lake Bluff residents in clean-up mode Tuesday. The water came streaming into Arlene Hatch's condo unit Monday night. It was several inches high before receding.

"My head spins because I don't know where to begin," she said.

It's hard to imagine, but the flood waters were so high, a dumpster literally floated across its parking lot.

Down the street the Great Lakes Motel, all 20 rooms were damaged when the water came overnight.

Before they pumped it out, water filled the 9-foot basement.

"This is crazy. Crazy. I mean, how can we survive?" said homeowner Gita Shah.

Most people have insurance, but almost no one has flood insurance, having never been issue in the area before.


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