Flooding anticipated as rain ceases

March 8, 2009 8:49:32 PM PDT
Fears of flooding have increased after intense storms hit the city and suburbs repeatedly.High winds caused damage further south in the Kankakee area. Fire officials say residents there were hit by a microburst. Several buildings were destroyed, and a greenhouse complex was heavily damaged. Power outages occurred, and sirens sounded, but it's not believed that a tornado actually touched down.

The weekend was a washout in the Chicago area. Just when you thought it was going to stop, the rain would start up again. By Sunday afternoon, some intersections and major roads were flooded. Drivers slowed down in Maywood, while Illinois Dept. of Transportation, or IDOT, crews tried to push the water of the way.

In Chicago's Beverly neighborhood, flooded streets were not the issue, but backyards were.

"Water in the basement, water in the garage, the drains are flooded. Why? This was not a hard rain. What is going on with the sewer system throughout certain wards in this city. What's going on? We deserve to know," said homeowner David Logan.

Logan says he dreads a forecast of rain because even a light shower causes his backyard and others to flood. And, he says, it always takes a good four to five days before the water goes down.

"The city has to have some responsibility for this ongoing problem here in this Beverly area," he told ABC7 Chicago.

On the city's far Southeast Side, some residents were hoping the city could help them as well. Ever since a private company dug a trench, there has been no place for the water to go. So, it flows toward a neighborhood, and residents are stuck with flooded streets and basements.

"When it rains, it flows," homeowner Bill Peak said.

Peak also says it is going to be a long spring if something is not done to fix the problem.

"They are supposed to put a drain in here at some time in the spring, but it's been like this for two and a half months now," he said.

According to the city's water department, extra crews are out on the streets, and they will deal with individual problems.

The water department also wants to remind customers that the sewer system in the city of Chicago is over 100 years old.