Chicago Area Drenched by Storms, Cleanup Underway

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Saturday storms made for wet conditions across the Chicago area. But flooding concerns were high as overnight storms brought a second round of heavy rainfall to already flooded areas. Emily Florez reports.

    Several Chicago-area suburbs were left cleaning up after strong storms passed through the area.

    A Tornado Watch for northern Illinois expired at 1 a.m. but Flood Warnings remained in effect for Thorn Creek at Thorton in Cook County, the east branch of the DuPage River at Bolingbrook in Will County, and the Illinois River in LaSalle County until Sunday afternoon and evening.

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    In Burbank -- worried residents are keeping an eye on rising floodwaters tonight, hoping it doesn't get any worse overnight.

    The stormy weather moved out of the Chicago area early Sunday morning, but a chance for a scattered storm or two remained through Sunday afternoon.

    Much of the area was doused by two waves of heavy rain Saturday.

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    Several parts of the Chicago-area were flooded following heavy rain Saturday morning.

    Rain moved into the Chicago area during the morning hours Saturday, bringing heavy downpours at times that caused flooding in several parts of the Chicago area.

    According to the NWS, roughly 3 inches of rain had fallen across the Chicago area as of early Saturday morning and another inch was expected before the first round of wet weather came to an end.

    The rain prompted officials to cancel the Taste of Chicago Saturday.

    A performance at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park featuring Journey, Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power was postponed due to the extreme weather conditions, Journey posted on Facebook Saturday.

    "The rain received this morning has caused flooding both in the parking lots of the venue, which completely prevents us from parking the volume of cars expected, as well as to a number of surrounding feeder streets, creating extreme difficulty in getting to the venue," the post read.

    O'Hare International Airport was reporting delays of more than an hour due to the weather Saturday afternoon.

    Several southern suburbs experienced flooding after the morning and evening storms.

    “The street flooded first and then it started flooding there and it started flooding the driveway,” said Burbank resident Dave Dubois.

    A fire department in Garden Homes was also flooded. Crews were using sandbags to help keep the overnight rain at bay.