Record Rain at Chicago Executive Airport 3.72″ and Prospect Heights Flooding

The National Weather Service Chicago reported that a record 3.72 inches of rain fell at Chicago Executive Airport in Prospect Heights/Wheeling early Saturday June 9, 2018. Heavy rains hit the area between about 3:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. starting overnight Friday/Saturday during the early Saturday morning hours. Arlington Cardinal News measured 3.625 inches during the same period in north central Arlington Heights.

Arlington Heights residents suffered flooding conditions in the Regency Park neighborhood north of Prospect High School

Prospect Heights residents and businesses suffered most with flooded streets, yards and basements.

Prospect Heights officials reported 4 inches of rain in a 2.5-hour period.

Flooded areas in Prospect Heights included Kewaunee Court, Willow Road east of Elmhurst Road, Forrest Avenue between Oakton Street and Rand Road, and properties near the intersection of Owen Street and Hillcrest Drive where floodwater made the closest approach to homes. Eastbound Rand Road near Forrest Avenue and Phelps Avenue about one block southeast of Rand Road Olive Street had one lane closed with barricades all day Saturday. The lane was clear on Sunday.

Willow Road near Hillside Drive and some other side streets remained closed Sunday afternoon.

The reservoir near H.O.M.E. Bar and Tony’s Fresh Food near Rand Road and Olive Street was filled nearly to the top. The reservoir with water as deep as about 2-3 vehicles hypothetically stacked on top of each other remained full on Sunday. Motorists should take extra care passing the reservoir on the driveway from Prospect Crossing shopping center to Rand Road.

Public works crews in Arlington Heights and Prospect Heights were working to clean out stormwater sewer grates clogged with grass, leaves and branches. Crews were also setting up sandbags and barricades.

Flooding Prospect Heights 2018Prospect Crossing Shopping center deep reservoir filled near the top.

Flooding Prospect Heights 2018Debris from flooding after Forrest Avenue was closed Saturday.

Flooding Prospect Heights 2018Debris from flooding after Forrest Avenue was closed Saturday.

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