Hurricanes, tornados, droughts, blizzards — it seems like there have been so many severe weather events in the news in recent times. And every time there was rough weather going on in some distant part of the country, I’d find myself thinking, “it’s only a matter of time before something hits Chicago.”
Starting last night, severe weather came to Chicago in the form of heavy rains and widespread flooding. I was a bit slow to catch on — I woke up this morning and got showered and dressed like usual, without looking outside or turning on the news. And then we got a call from Lillian’s daycare saying they were flooded and had to close. (“Well snausages,” Joe said.)
We called my mom to see if she could watch Lillian for the day, and that was when I heard about the highway closures. It seemed like pretty much all of them had some kind of flood-related disruption except for the one I take to work — which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on whether one prefers to be a good employee or a hookie-playing slacker. This was the scene out front as I was leaving in the morning:
The ground was so saturated that water was just standing on the lawn, but as the (slightly blurry) photo above shows, the streets themselves were good and drained. And happily, our basement didn’t flood — we had some seepage down there, just enough to get the floor wet, but it had already mostly drained by the time I went down to take a look this morning.
Surprisingly, though, we did have some water come in in an unexpected location — in the dining room of all places. Nothing severe, but you can see the evidence that a bit of water trickled all the way down the wall:
Upon investigation it didn’t seem like there was anything major going on in the attic, but this is definitely something we’ll want to look into further — based on the location, we think it might be related to where the chimney attaches to the roof.
All in all though, considering that this is the worst flooding our city has had in years, and the governor has declared a state of emergency, and the guys on the radio called it “almost biblical,” it was a huge relief that we got off so easy, with just some minor dampness in a few places.
Just to give an idea what was going on elsewhere in the city, though, I wanted to share a few things I found while browsing the Chicago section of Reddit this evening. For instance, a view of the Kennedy expressway into downtown flooded so badly as to be almost impassible:
Or this view of a guy paddling some kind of canoe right by Harlem Irving Plaza, a mall where we sometimes do some of our shopping:
Or perhaps craziest of all, this massive sinkhole that opened up on the south side and swallowed three cars (the white one on the right eventually falls in, as this video shows):
So that’s the scoop on the most severe weather-related thing that’s happened around here in quite a while, even if we (luckily) weren’t really in the thick of it.
What about you guys? Any severe storms rolling through your area lately? Any midwest folks feeling the effects of this flooding situation? Feel free to share in the comments.