Drying out in Chi- Near Record 7.89 inches Fri/Sat

By: juslivn, 3:33 AM GMT on July 13, 2010

July 26: Well the cooler temps and low humidity was short lived. Right now, we can feel that moisture creeping back in and by tomorrow it will be another steamer! (I kind of figured this next announcement was coming--
**ENTIRE SYSTEM IS NO WAKE** as of 9am Monday. With over 7.5 inches reported in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin, waters will continue to rise over the next 48 hours as they make their way through the Chain O'Lakes and River.

July 25, 2010
Well I am truly sorry I complained about no rain last week--I'll never do THAT again! As they say, be careful what you pray for! If you have a story from the Mid-West, please don't hesitate to post your news.

As for personal stories, I heard someone's rain gauge recorded 12" in a 24 hour period beginning Friday morning. He was from the South Suburbs, where it seems they took the most rain. The Northern suburb reports from friends were anywhere from 3" to 6". Here, we took about 4". The basement drain held up, as well as the driveway drain. Our property was so dry to begin with, the grass soaked up all of it pretty quickly, and we had no standing water on the property when it was all said and done.

Think this is from the Chicago Tribune, and I found it on Chicago Breaking News.com It sums up yesterday's situation pretty well and better then I can:

Near-record deluge soaks Chicago area
July 24, 2010 10:57 PM |
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After a near-record deluge that shut down Chicago-area train lines and expressways--overwhelming streets and sewers as far away as DeKalb County--thousands of residents spent Saturday bailing out flooded basements and poring over damage that officials estimated to be in the millions.

The rainfall, reaching as high as 7.89 inches in Oak Park (bold added) in less than 24 hours, created gridlock on normally quiet suburban streets, prompted the evacuation of a nursing home and caused several public safety scares, though no fatalities, officials said.

Areas of Westchester and Hillside along Roosevelt Road appeared to suffer the most damage. Westchester officials declared a state of emergency Saturday while rescue workers waded door-to-door and traveled the streets by boat to rescue nearly 60 people from stranded cars and waterlogged homes.

"There's an ocean of water," said Westchester Village President Sam Pulia. "There's just nowhere to go with it."

Seniors rest inside a warehouse after they were evacuated from Oakridge Convalescent Home Saturday in Hillside. Severe flooding occurred all over the Chicago area after a storm swept through overnight. (Abel Uribe/ Chicago Tribune)

The village's entire northeast corner saw its streets swamped, vehicles submerged in water, and scores of homes damaged. By early evening, about 45 people were using an emergency shelter in Franklin Park set up for residents of Westchester and neighboring suburbs.

Across the town of 15,000 residents, hoses pumping water from basements into front yards were a common sight.

Mike and Kathy White tried to pump 4 feet of water out of their finished basement where a rug was afloat amid couches and chairs.

"I don't know what to do. I've never been through this before," Mike White said.

The official rainfall for the Chicago area was recorded at 6.43 inches, the third largest total for a two-day period in Chicago history, according to the WGN Weather Center. In 2008, a September rainstorm brought 8.08 inches, and in August 1987 the highest rainfall was recorded -- 9.35 inches over a two-day period.

But Saturday's damage nonetheless reached surreal proportions across the Midwest.

In northeast Iowa, the entire town of Hopkinton was evacuated after 10 inches of rain swelled the Maquoketa River, causing the Lake Delhi dam to fail.

Commonwealth Edison reported that across the Chicago region, there were 13,600 customers without power by about 9 p.m. In the Chicago region, there were 6,300 without power, 4,500 of those in the city itself; in its Northern region, up to the Wisconsin state line, 5,400; in its Southern region, 1,200 were without power; and in its Far West, region, extending to Dixon, 150 outages.

In Chicago's west suburbs, cars that earlier had been floating along Roosevelt Road came to rest in a cluster five blocks away, just east of Wolf Road.

Geese were navigating a pond that had formed over graves in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Hillside, while ducks calmly swam on the flooded soccer and baseball fields at Emerson Elementary School in Wheaton.

"I've never seen anything like this," said Hillside village administrator Russell Wajda, who has been in that post for 23 years and lived in the near west suburb for more than 45 years. He said his basement had more than 4 feet of water.

About 65 residents of Oak Ridge Convalescent Center and 45 residents of an apartment building next door were evacuated due to the flooding, Wajda said.

About nine miles away in McCook, water flowing through the grounds of the Ortek Chemical Co. swamped scrubbers the company uses in the recycling of motor oil and lubricants, creating fumes that reached hazardous levels, said village Fire Chief Joseph Myrick, who closed off the area.

Several areas of Chicago also suffered damage.

The flooding caused temporary closures to portions of the Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways. On Saturday, some CTA train lines were also affected.

At the River City apartment complex along the Chicago River, the garage flooded, covering more than 100 cars and cutting power to the building, police said. More than 700 residents were evacuated. Will Knight, a spokesman for the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications, said there would be no new information about when the complex might be reopened until 10 a.m. Sunday.

Tracey Irving spent the night watching the water rise in her West Town basement apartment, hoping it wouldn't reach the kitchen table where she made an impromptu bed for her 4-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.

"I just sat there and watched the water come up. It got above the level of the electrical sockets and blew out all the lights," Irving said.

Calls to the city of Chicago and the Red Cross to try to find a place for her family to sleep Saturday night met with little success, said Irving, 35.

Some west suburban officials were anticipating their own crisis as river levels continued to rise from the runoff. In Naperville, sandbag materials were made available and residents warned that they may see flooding from the DuPage River in the next few days.

In the thick of the damage, public officials were hoping the worst was over.

"Our primary concern today was just getting the water level down and getting people taken care of," said Wajda. "On Monday, we'll start totaling up the damage."

-- Ted Gregory, Jeremy Gorner, Mick Swasko; David Heinzmann, Deanese A. Williams, Steve Schmadeke, Serena Maria Daniels, John Byrne, Caroline Smith, Jennifer Delgado, Joel Hood, Heather MacDonald and Victoria Pierce contributed.

July 21, 2010: Have to say, it was one of the most beautiful Summer nights tonight, with temps in the low 70's, a half moon, stars flickering, fireflys about, ducks drifting slowly by, and waters as still as glass.

Not much has changed here since the last blog title, I simply changed 'Mid' July to 'Late' July, lol. We could see some very hot temps into Friday. Then a cold front, (well, a front anyway) setting up, and clearing out some brutal Fri. heat indices with the humitiy. Already we've had 14 days over 90 as opposed to 4 all last year.
In Northern IL, we are not seeing much rain, so let's hope we do see some appreciable precip with this front coming in Friday.

The corn looks to be ok up here. Garden vegees this week were cukes, yummy zucchini, yeah a cauliflower! And my corn may be ready within a few days. Lettuce is still pick at will, all the radish and turnips are harvested, spinich is gone...will plant some new rows first week in Aug. for a late harvest of those. Tomatos are still green, but it will be a plethera (sp?? oh well) when they get ripe. The snap peas were harvested. Got a few jalapenos, with the cilantro, a few onions...hmmmm, I think that's about all of what I've pulled in so far.

Flowers are having a struggle with the dry conditions, but we have planted some for better mid summer color for the future.

So, heads up for active WX Friday, take care for scattered t-storms in between, AND BE SAFE ALL YOU SHIPS AT SEA wherever you may be!

Prayers and hugs to the gulf and anyone in harms way.


So, now on to new pics that are just-- from here. We have probably the same stuff everyone has, but it's a midwest viewpoint, and from my new camera as I learn it. For those in other areas who already had the fruit of their gardens, we are just starting to see some things like the little sweet pickles of the future and fresh salads galore! Love the journey as I walk through the garden, see sweet pea flowers, the beautiful silks of new corn, pumpkin flowers, cucumber flowers, red lettuce to break up that glorious new greenish color...fresh...ahhhhh!

Dogs, kids, wx, Lakes all around. Boats, waterskiing, fishing, just sitting and listening to music and looking at stars on the dock with ducks floating by. Home vacations that are better than leaving home...drought ridden flowers springing to life with a summer downpour...And, us-- and our Governor, Pat Quin, for a Parade...July in Chi!

Updated: 6:27 PM GMT on July 26, 2010


Happy 4th of July From Chi!!!

By: juslivn, 4:40 PM GMT on July 03, 2010

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Happy Fourth of July!
May you have a safe and beautiful weekend with friends and family!

FROM THE FOX WATERWAY AGENCY: EFFECTIVE 2:00PM Friday July 2nd- The Lower Fox River is now OPEN to boating. Captains please use caution and beware of floating or submerged debris.


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