Gov. Pat Quinn has declared a state of emergency due to the heavy flooding that swept throughout Illinois.
"Heavy rainfall over the past few days has created dangerous flooding in areas across the state," Quinn said in a press release. "Everyone should stay home and off the roads if possible. To ensure safety as these storms continue, people should be alert and avoid flooded areas."
About six inches of heavy rain has fallen in the Chicagoland area over the last 24 hours, and another one to two inches are expected,
prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, La Salle, Lee, Livingston, and Will Counties.
Roads are closed due to massive flooding, throughout the area, including in Lake County. Earlier today, portions of the Edens, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways were closed.
The Des Plaines River is rising quickly and expected to hit record levels, and officials are sandbaging river banks throughout the area.
Also, dozens of schools are closed, with some set to remain closed tomorrow. Hundreds of flights at O’Hare International Airport were cancelled, while others are delayed at both Midway and O'Hare.
urge everyone to stay alert and avoid flooded areas," Quinn
said in a statement earlier today. "Residents should tune in to local TV and radio
stations for updated information about any closed routes or
Quinn activated the State Incident Response Center
(SIRC) in Springfield this morning to assess flooding and severe weather
in several areas of Illinois and aid local public safety officials.
Go here for more information on road closures. A list of school closures, for both today and tomorrow, is available here. Keep track of Chicago Transit Authority reroutes here.
UPDATE 1 (4:17 p.m.): In response to the flooding, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D, IL-11) offered
assistance to any local governments or individuals in need of help from
"I encourage anyone facing delays,
obstructions or red tape as they deal with the aftermath of the flooding
to contact my office and let us know how we can help," said Foster in a
Foster offered up contact information for those
looking to get assistance from federal agencies. Those in need can call
his district office in Aurora at 630-585-7672 or his Washington D.C. office at 202-225-3515.
cleanup continues I encourage all residents to stay safe and follow the
recommendations of their local officials and emergency responders,” Foster added.