Severe Weather Brings Flooding, Damage to the Chicago Area

Multiple roads, including the Edens Expressway, were shut down due to flooding as Chicago area residents battled the heavy rainfall

After severe weather returned to the Chicago area on Saturday night, residents were forced to clean up the damage the storms left behind.

The entire Chicago area, including 14 counties, was under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for most of the day, with rain moving in and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for multiple areas issued in the evening. 

Massive flooding was one of the most prominent elements of the storm, with several inches of rainfall covering roads largely in the northern suburbs.

I-94 was temporarily shut down twice in suburban Northfield due to flooding, according to the Illinois State Police. All lanes were closed near Winnetka Road around 7 p.m. and three cars were stuck in the water, police confirmed. Lanes reopened at 9 p.m., before heavy rainfall closed the expressway once more overnight. [[388044802, C]]

Video of the scene showed people sitting on top of their nearly entirely submerged vehicles, waiting for assistance from rescue crews on inflatable boats. At least five people were rescued in the second closure, officials said, and no injuries were reported. All lanes were re-opened by early Sunday morning.

Flooding also occurred near Green Bay Road and Burchell Road in Highwood, where cars were trapped in 2.5 feet of water, according to the National Weather Service.

Multiple roads were closed on the south side of far northwest suburban Belvidere, which received a reported 3.41 inches of rain. Highwood in Lake County saw 4.25 inches of rain, the NWS confirmed, while Chicago saw 2.34 inches of rain.

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61,000 people were left without power across Chicago and the northern suburbs, according to ComEd. Crews worked through the night to fix the outages, and at 8 a.m. Sunday, 90 percent had been restored.

Because of the severe weather, several special events throughout the city were canceled or postponed.

At 6:41 p.m., Soldier Field tweeted that fans attending the Coldplay concert were asked to seek shelter immediately. The venue shared an update around 8 p.m. that everyone was allowed to return to their seats.

The New Edition concert at the UIC Pavilion was canceled when the stadium flooded, with police confirming that even the stage had taken water.

Both the Sox game and the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field were delayed due to rain, according to multiple reports. The Sox game then began late and was suspended due to rain following the bottom of the eighth inning, according to a release from the team. It will resume immediately before Sunday's scheduled game.[[388059532, C]]

Sunday is expected to be hot, with storms possibly returning to the area in a similar manner as Saturday around 4 p.m.

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