(Reuters) – The Nationwide Climate Service on Sunday issued a flash flood warning for a part of northeastern Illinois together with Chicago’s northern metro space, after heavy rains flooded viaducts, stranded automobiles, and despatched water surging into basements.
Chicagoans shared images and movies on social media of automobiles partially submerged beneath underpasses and plumes of water taking pictures up from sidewalks.
The Chicago Bears confirmed no indicators of canceling a deliberate soccer sport with the San Francisco 49ers at midday native time (1700 GMT), posting movies of the workforce warming up in pounding rain on a sodden discipline.
Even after the heaviest rain had ended by round 11 a.m. CT, the NWS warned that roads would stay flooded till the water had time to recede.
Town on Twitter urged residents to keep away from driving by means of standing water on streets, viaducts and low-lying areas.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Change or the IPCC, predicts extra excessive flooding for the Midwest.
Excessive rainfall occasions – “very native, very intense, and onerous to foretell” – have elevated lately, in response to Chicago’s water administration workplace.
Such rains can dump 2 inches (5 cm) per hour on a neighborhood, overwhelming native sewers, filling mains and pushing water into residents’ basements through non-public drains. Consequently, town has begun putting in water blockers on catch basins that stop sewers from flooding however can worsen road floods.