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Rains leave behind widespread Chicago-area floods

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 9:21 a.m. CDT

BURBANK – Overnight rains have flooded street after street in parts of Chicago's southwest suburbs, stranding cars, inundating basements and yards and forcing some to get around in row boats and kayaks.

The suburb of Burbank was particularly hard-hit. TV news helicopter video showed block after block underwater. Streets looked like rivers, and stranded cars were submerged up to their windows.

The National Weather service says as much as 5 ½ inches of rain fell in some areas.

Residents were complaining of sewer backups and flooded basements.

The standing water disrupted morning commutes and forced roadway shutdowns. The Chicago Transit Authority suspended trains along a portion of the Blue Line between the city and O'Hare International Airport.

The suburban Pace bus service delayed the start of service on routes in Bridgeview.

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