Rain from remnants of Beryl floods homes in West Pullman

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Rain from remnants of Beryl floods homes in West Pullman
Rain from remnants of Hurricane Beryl flooded basements in homes in Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Residents in the West Pullman neighborhood are dealing with flooded homes after heavy rain fell from remnants of Hurricane Beryl.

"I have black, tarry sewage coming out of my drains," resident Kimberly Reynolds said. "The tiles in my basement because they are so saturated, the tiles are coming up."

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Reynolds showed ABC7 inside her now flooded home after remnants from Beryl soaked the city.

"It's incredibly frustrating," Reynolds said. "The one thing I wanted to do was get the basement remodeled but I can't do anything until this water situation is fixed."

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Reynolds waded through standing water in her basement, the third time in two years she said her home as flooded.

"The city said there is a clog in the drain and that the water should be draining down street to 127th Street and to the water plant over there," she said.

Juliette Bowen and her brother Eric were also left cleaning up after her home flooded.

"It was like a geyser. Like I said before, I thought I was at Buckingham Fountain," she said.

Urma Hall Wilson's house flooded again. It had previously taken on water during last year's flash flooding.

"And this happened again, and this time it's kind of worse because it got the refrigerator which is down there and freezer which is down there," she said.

Some residents who have spent thousands of dollars weatherproofing their homes shared pictures of flooding all that work was unable to prevent.

In the Beverly and Mt. Greenwood neighborhoods, residents received bottled water after city officials said there was a mechanical failure at a local pumping station during the rainfall.

Water service was restored, but the boil order remains in place out of an abundance of caution. Three to four thousand cases of bottled water are being handed out by the city to residents affected by the boil order.