TwitterACicon86x90vert facebookACicon86x90vert
TV/Radio XFINITY | WOW! | WBBM | WXRT | B96 + Dance | US99 | the Drive 97.1

YoutubeTwitterFacebookArlingtoncardinalYahoo! Google Bing Aol.ArlingtoncardinalTMZ Rotten Tomatoes ET Online Box Office MojoArlingtoncardinal Channel 9 WGN Channel 7 Chicago ABC Channel 5 Chicago NBC Channel 2 Chicago CBS Daily HeraldChicago Tribune Breaking NewsArlingtoncardinal Chicago Gas THE GUIDE

Storm Touches Arlington Heights Before Developing Into Full Blown Severe Storm that Drowns Sewer Worker in Chicago

Thu September 19 2013 8:18 am
Share The Cardinal -- Articles (E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter & More) 

CHICAGO BEARS RADIO -- WBBM Newsradio 780 "Traffic on the 8's"

About 2:30 p.m. Wednesday storms started developing near Rockford, but diminished as they approached the northwest suburbs. The same band that diminished near Arlington Heights and Schaumburg, strengthen in the southwest suburbs. Weather conditions changed just before 6:00 p.m. A thunderstorm that developed in southwest McHenry County passed just to the southwest of Arlington Heights, sending fire crews in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Streamwood to check on possible lightning strikes, power surges affecting fire alarms, and other possible storm damage. In unincorporated Palatine in Plum Grove Estates, a tree was on fire about 40 feet in the air near Longacres Lane and Circle Drive.

This storm blew up from only a small thunderstorm cell in the southwest corner of McHenry County in a matter of two hours.

Thunderstorms developed as they headed southeast toward Chicago. Reports of flooded viaducts, trees branches and power lines down, lightning strikes, and flooded basements started arriving at the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and 911 center.

At about 8:45 p.m. Chicago firefighters were called to rescue a sewer worker who was trapped while he worked to reline a sewer near Rockwell and Elston. Initially two workers were trapped, but one was able to escape. Fire crews from some parts of the city had difficulty accessing the scene because of flooded streets and flooded viaducts.

Teams that specialize in Trench Rescue, Collapse Rescue, Tunnel Rescue, and a Scuba Dive Master were called to the scene. The man’s body was located near Rockwell and Barry around 10:30 p.m. Gustavo Bricino, age 25, was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center shortly after 11 p.m.

Kenny Construction was hired by the city to reline sewers with plastic.

The National Weather Service office in Chicago issued a Flash Flood Warning at about 8:15 PM (by 8:22 PM) Wednesday effective until 2:30 AM Thursday.

Firefighters checked several stranded vehicles in viaducts. Several people were rescued by firefighters. Some vehicles were totally submerged, but were already abandoned. Firefighters reported water as deep as 4 feet and 7 feet in many viaducts.

At 27th Street and Wentworth a person was rescued from their vehicle.

Other flooded areas included …
15th and Wood, 16th and Wood
2500 Odgen, Ogden and Western
Racine and 14th to Racine and 16th
Several other viaducts were also flooded as police blocked several roadways to prevent people from driving into flooded areas.

The Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) was flooded in both directions from Western Avenue to Ashland Avenue.

About 2.0 – 3.5 inches of rain fell across the City of Chicago while just under 0.1 inch of rain fell in north Arlington Heights. Thunderstorm wind damage was reported in Park Ridge with a tree branch over one foot diameter downed, hail was report in Harwood Heights, and 1.57 inch of rain was reported in River Grove.

ComEd Outage Map at about 8:14 p.m. Wednesday.

About 15,000 ComEd customers were without power at the peak of last night’s outages. Tree branches and high winds brought down several power lines. Chicago firefighters are still discovering downed trees Thursday morning — some completely blocking roadways.

Stay informed with news from The Cardinal’s Emergencies Behind the Scenes Facebook page — Includes links to favorite public safety and emergency rescuers and product manufacturers and safety companies that have facebook pages. Submit your pictures or just stay up-to-date on with fire, rescue, EMS and police photo galleries. Please add your public safety photo to the wall album — go direct to the Arlington Cardinal Emergencies Behind the Scenes photos. For a list of all of The Cardinal Facebook fan pages, go to …

Arlington Heights Fire Engine

CLEAR SKIES?  Weather Data for Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Tags: , , , , , ,    

IMPORTANT NOTE: All persons referred to as subjects, defendants, offenders or suspects, etc. are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Try a more powerful search in the box below ... SEARCH BOX PRODUCES RESULTS FOR The Cardinal -- ...
(POWERFUL SEARCH for The Cardinal, which can be expanded on the results page.)

Where background Wikipedia info/photos are used, original work is modified and released under CC-BY-SA.

::: Health, wellness and fitness gifts! ::: Cubs, Sox caps at :::

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS BREAKING NEWS --The Cardinal -- is a breaking news blog with Arlington Heights & Chicagoland emphasis. Early breaking reports may prove to be inaccurate after follow-up investigation, which may or may not be updated in The Cardinal -- For in-depth coverage, please also check the following links for network television, cable news networks and Chicago local media coverage ...

Daily Herald | Daily Herald -- Arlington Heights |
Today's headline videos: FOXNews Video | | Associated Press | The Cardinal
Video LOGO youtube Twitter Arlingtoncards facebook battery status Cardinal Calendar Search Batteries Plus RSS Help ...
All Headlines
crimeblog | fireblog

Comments for
COMMENTS are now available via one or more of our official Facebook pages. Comments no longer appear on the article per se. Please comment on or check the other popular Arlington Cardinal Facebook pages at ...

Anyone having information about serious crime in Arlington Heights should register on and look for the anonymous TIP411 feature, or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at 847-590-STOP (847-590-7867). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Not a resident of Arlington Heights? Check for availability for your community. | Traffic on Twitter


Weather radar map is provided by

RSS Cardinal Weather Center

  • Current Conditions : 27F, Light Snow - 2:11 AM CST Jan. 19
    Temperature: 27°F | Humidity: 97% | Pressure: 30.12in ( Falling) | Conditions: Light Snow | Wind Direction: NNE | Wind Speed: 1mph
  • Lakeshore Flood Advisory - Expires: 9:00 AM CST
    Lakeshore Flood Advisory for Cook County in effect until 9:00 AM CST on January 20, 2019
  • Winter Storm Warning - Expires: 12:00 PM CST
    Winter Storm Warning for Cook County in effect until 12:00 PM CST on January 19, 2019
  • Rest of Tonight as of Jan. 18 8:14 PM CST
    Rest of Tonight - Snow. Patchy blowing and drifting snow after midnight. Snow may be heavy at times after midnight. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. Blustery. Temperatures nearly steady in the upper 20s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph inland... but east 20 to 30 mph near the lake. Gusts up to […]
  • Saturday Night as of Jan. 18 8:14 PM CST
    Saturday Night - Mostly cloudy with snow showers. Snow accumulation of 1 to 4 inches. Blustery. Lows 8 to 12 above in the suburbs...and 13 to 17 downtown. Wind chills as low as 5 below to 15 below zero. North winds 15 to 25 mph inland...and north to 30 mph near the lake. Chance of […]
  • Saturday as of Jan. 18 8:14 PM CST
    Saturday - Windy, snow. Patchy blowing and drifting snow. Snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Highs in the upper 20s. Northeast winds 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 100 percent.