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Flooding strands drivers in northeast Illinois

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:13 p.m. CST

LAKE BLUFF – Dozens of vehicles are stranded and schools are closed in the Chicago suburb of Lake Bluff, which experienced some of the worst flooding from thunderstorms that socked northeast Illinois.

Authorities shut down a section of U.S. highway 41 in the Lake County village. The National Weather Service says a flash flood filled the roadway with 10 feet of water in one spot beneath a railroad underpass late Monday night.

By Tuesday morning, the road looked more like a river, with the tops of abandoned cars and traffic signs jutting out above the water.

A truck driver stranded since 8 p.m. Monday told WFLD TV he was told by about 11 p.m. that no traffic would move and motorists “might as well lie down and sleep.”

Des Plaines also experienced flooding.

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