With All That Snow Melting, The Midwest Has Another Big Weather Problem On Its Hands

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The sunny skies that started melting the snow in earnest this week gave way to steady rain — and more melting — in Chicago Thursday morning, causing some flooding and raising commuters’ fears that they will later be confronted by submerged streets, sidewalks and basements.

“It flooded in front of my house up to my boot,” said Lisa Robertson, a 50-year-old computer operator, after she got off a train in Chicago from her home in the suburbs south of the city. “Last night we made sure nothing was on the floor of the basement.”

Others said they were taking precautions such as stacking belongings in their basements atop milk crates, while others merely hoped their basements would not be lakes when they arrived home.

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