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Ike reopens after flooding, Blue Line trains resume service

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Parts of I-290 were closed due to flooding early Tuesday. / Photo from NVP. Parts of I-290 were closed due to flooding early Tuesday. / Photo from NVP.
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

One inbound lane of the Eisenhower Expressway remains closed Tuesday morning as a result of flash flooding from storms Monday night, according to Illinois State Police and IDOT.

About one-tenth of a mile of the far right inbound lane of the expressway remained closed near the Des Plaines exit as of 9 a.m. Tuesday as IDOT crews repair pavement, according to Illinois State Police.

The closure is due to flash flooding after about 4 inches of rain fell in a little more than an hour overnight, according to IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell.

Overnight, the expressway was closed in both directions from Harlem to 1st Avenue, state police said. Flooding started near the Des Plaines exit and went all the way up to 25th Avenue. Most lanes reopened just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Tridgell said storm water backflowed out of sewers onto the expressway near the Des Plaines exit. That caused a manhole cover on the expressway to erode, which resulted in pavement failure in the right eastbond lane.

IDOT crews are on scene and repairing damage, Tridgell said. Repairs are expected to be complete by early Tuesday afternoon.

An inspection of the drain system in the area will also be completed Tuesday, he said.

Blue Line service was also temporarily suspended between Forest Park and the Harlem-Congress branch, the CTA said. Normal service resumed about 4:15 a.m.

On Monday night, 6 inches of standing water was reported on La Grange Road near Harris Avenue, while water was coming out of manhole covers nearby, the National Weather Service said. Brookfield also saw dime-sized hail Monday evening.

An urban and small stream flood advisory was in effect for several west, south and southwest suburbs until 1:30 a.m., according to the weather service.

On Monday night, the storms were causing 45-minute delays at O’Hare International Airport and hourlong delays at Midway, the Chicago Department of Aviation said. While airlines canceled 90 flights at O’Hare because of the weather, flights have since returned to normal.

Tuesday brings a 20 percent chance of more showers and thunderstorms in the morning before reaching a high in the upper 70s.


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