The Chicagoland has been hit with one of the largest widespread floods in years. The heavy rains closed the Edens, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways during the morning rush. Waves of continuous thunderstorms continue to pelt the Chicago area.
The widespread flooding caused the cancellation of more than 700 flights and closed hundreds of schools in the Chicago area. Metra reported to stopping and delaying trains on almost every line. According to the Chicago Tribune, some evacuations began along the Des Plaines and Fox rivers.
The Edens Expressway began closures around 5 a.m., while the Eisenhower was shut down in both directions between North Avenue and York Road and westbound at Mannheim Road and the Kennedy was closed at Addison Street, Illinois State Police report.
Many travel times this morning ran at least two hours or longer in some areas. Commuting by public transportation wasn’t any quicker either.
Metra listed delays and/or stopped trains on eight of its lines. Commuters stuck on trains were told only one train was being allowed into the station at a time due to the outages.
The CTA rerouted 18 bus routes because of floods on city streets. As of 10:45 a.m., 14 of those routes still had re-routes in effect in certain areas, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said.
Transit officials encouraged customers to allow extra travel time and to be careful.
On Chicago’s Southwest Side, a sinkhole opened up engulfing three cars. Officials said an aging water main broke, and the weather was being investigated as a possible cause.
All officials are urging to stay off the roads if at all possible. Predictions for more rain may cause even more widespread damage through the area.