Flooding Cancels Metra Service on McHenry Branch

Service canceled this evening for McHenry branch of Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest Line

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013  |  Updated 11:51 AM CDT
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Heavy morning storms slammed suburban Palatine with rain, causing flooding and street closures.

Heavy morning storms slammed suburban Palatine with rain, causing flooding and street closures.

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Severe rain and flooding has indefinitely halted the McHenry branch of Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest Line, the agency said Wednesday.

The line canceled service this evening for the following trains: #631, scheduled to depart Chicago at 4:45 p.m., and #643, scheduled to depart at 5:20 p.m. Metra officials said outbound train #635, scheduled to depart at 4:57 p.m., will make an extra stop at Fox River Grove to accommodate commuters.

Standing water forced the trains to stop earlier in the day and triggered a mudslide near Metra tracks.

From around 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., inbound trains on the Union Pacific Northwest Line reportedly lost all communications. Trains did not run between Palatine and McHenry for two hours as a result.

On the same line, flooding on the tracks caused delays and cancelations with one train stuck at Pingree Road and some passengers forced to wait for shuttle buses to take them to Palatine.

Commuters across northeastern Illinois saw major delays because of this morning's storm. Part of the Edens Expressway was closed at Pratt Avenue for standing water and multiple towns reported road closures.
 

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