An unusually active pattern of spring thunderstorms in the last 24 hours have led to localized flooding in the entire Chicago metropolitan area. Midway airport reported a rainfall total of 2.73" as of midnight. The final rainfall total from this storm will be much higher as rain showers and thunderstorms continue to drench the region.
Both Reavis High School and School District 111 announced classes would start late this morning due to the weather but soon thereafter cancelled the entire school day.
Sections of Burbank have been especially hard hit and standing water has caused the closure of several streets in the city.
Reports indicate the most hard hit areas in Burbank include:
- Moody Ave between 77th and 78th St
- Narragansett between 83rd and 85th St
- Mobile Ave between 82nd and 83rd St
- 77th St between Moody and Austin Ave
- 86th St between Natchez and Nagle Ave
- Merrimac Ave in the vicinity of 83rd Pl
The Water Reclamation District's 87th Street retention reservoir is completely full at this hour.
At 11:30 The City of Burbank issued an emergency alert to residents:
04/18/13 1120 HRS, BURBANK HAS ACTIVATED OUR EMERGENCY COMMAND CENTER AND IS ACTIVELY WORKING WITH ALL CITY DEPARTMENTS TO ASSIST CITIZENS IN THE FLOODED AREAS. MAJOR FLOODING AREAS INCLUDE THE AREA FROM 81ST ST TO 87TH ST AND FROM MEADE TO NORMANDY AVE. SEVERAL STREETS HAVE BEEN CLOSED IN THIS AREA AS A RESULT. CITIZENS ARE REMINDED IF THERE IS STANDING WATER IN THEIR BASEMENTS TO REFRAIN FROM ENTERING THOSE AREAS TO AVOID HAZARD OR INJURY. IF CITIZENS NEED HELP TO LEAVE THEIR RESIDENCES, THEY ARE ENCOURAGED TO CALL BPD @ 708-924-7300 OR 708-924-7325.