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Crews inspect drains along Ike after Tuesday night flood

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BROADVIEW, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Engineers are inspecting a drainage system on the Eisenhower Expressway that faltered during Tuesday’s downpour, causing flooding that tied up traffic for nearly seven hours.

“The significant rainfall on Tuesday evening occurred over such a short period of time that, unfortunately, some drains and inlets on the Eisenhower Expressway weren’t able to take in water fast enough,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said in a statement Wednesday.

Maintenance crews are inspecting that drainage system Wednesday, requiring some shoulder closures and short, intermittent lane closures near 25th Avenue in west suburban Broadview until the problem is fixed, the IDOT statement said.

In that area, several inlets on the shoulders and median feed directly into a main storm sewer line that flows underground to the Des Plaines River. A pumping station underground is working as designed, and crews are still working to pinpoint where there may be a blockage, according to IDOT.

The flooding forced officials to close the expressway (I-290) at 25th Avenue for several hours starting about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. The lanes weren’t fully reopened until 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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