Flooding leads to dreadful morning commute

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April showers wreaked havoc on Chicago and the suburbs overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning.

The morning commute was a nightmare for some motorists and public transportation users as expressway closures and bus reroutes were announced early Thursday.

Among the closures, parts of the outbound Kennedy from O’Hare Airport were closed, along with portions of the Bishop Ford Freeway near the southeast edge of the city into the south suburbs and Indiana. The Illinois Department of Transportation also closed the Edens Expressways due to six to seven feet of water standing on the roadway, according to IDOT spokesman Carmen Iacullo.

Travel times on some roadways topped two hours. Schools were closed in some suburban districts.

Chicago Transit Authority users faced reroutes of some buses due to flooding under viaducts and along several routes. On the Southeast Side, a sinkhole in the middle of the street swallowed three cars.

City and suburban residents dealt with flooded basements and homes, even as The National Weather Service continued its flash flood and sever thunderstorm warning for northern Illinois. Torrential rain, hail and thunder and lightning will be expected throughout the day Thursday.

Iacullo said the amount of rain yesterday and overnight impacted the area.

“Mother Nature has given us a large amount of water in a wide area,” he said.

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