Published April 19, 2013
Main Street flooded in town near Chicago. No bodies of water were located near the area; flooding is the result of pooling rainfall. Photo by Brad Miller.
Significant rain amounts across the Midwest yesterday have lead to major flooding. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport recorded 5.55 inches of rain in the past 48 hours, 4.24 inches of that just in the last day and a half.
Just 30 miles away in the towns of Carol Stream and Wheaton, rainfall has been inundating homes, parks, even main thoroughfares. Some are the results of ponds and streams overflowing, while other areas consist only of collected rainfall.
Local resident Brad Miller says that these photographs don't even show the worst of the flooding. He said that schools are closed for the second day in a row, and people are arriving late to work because they've had to turn around from flooded roads and seek alternate routes.
"It started raining on Wednesday, but the heaviness was off and on," Miller said. "Wednesday night it started to come down really hard. I woke up a few times and could hear it. Then it was still pouring when I got up in the morning."
Miller also said that snow melt did not contribute to the deep flood waters.
"We didn't have that much snow at all this winter," he said. "Probably none at all for at least a month."
Typically, spring flooding is exacerbated by high water content logged in snowpack. If warm spring rains come through, it can create sudden flooding conditions, especially around bodies of water.
This photo shows a Carol Stream, Ill., creek, normally only 6-inches deep, transformed into "a river of gushing water" as it spreads across a bike bath. Photo by Brad Miller.