Five inches of rain fall in Chicago, forcing homes to evacuate and saving drivers of drowned automobiles.


Chicago drivers had to be rescued from their cars on Sunday after flash floods swamped the city from the winds in what was the worst to hit the metropolis in two years.

Hours earlier, the National Weather Service had issued a flash flood warning for part of northeastern Illinois, including the northern Chicago metropolitan area.

The heavy rains fell quickly and flooded overpasses, blocked cars and sent water into people’s basements.

Photos and videos shared on social media showed several cars partially submerged under underpasses and plumes of water gushing from sidewalks after sewer pipes burst in the deluge that saw up to five inches fall in a few hours.

Rain fell quickly in the Chicago area on Sunday, overwhelming sewers, causing pipes to burst

Roads in Windy City were completely inundated by the downpour which saw water fill the streets

Roads in Windy City were completely inundated by the downpour which saw water fill the streets

Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive was briefly closed with a section of the Eisenhower Expressway remaining closed for hours,

The Chicago Bears held a scheduled football game with the San Francisco 49ers at noon local time, posting videos of the team warming up in the pouring rain on a soggy field.

Even after the heaviest rains ended around 11 a.m., the NWS warned roads would remain flooded until the water had time to recede.

“It was just raining. That’s when I was like, oh this is no good,’ John Carruthers told NBC5. “Luckily I did it before the Bears game ended,” he joked.

Vehicles are partially submerged on a waterlogged street during flash flooding in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday

Vehicles are partially submerged on a waterlogged street during flash flooding in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday

“The sewer really did a great job recovering quickly. I went a bit deeper in the wet vac and it had backed off, which still leaves me with a lot of gross stuff to deal with. But it really worked.

The city has urged residents to avoid crossing standing water in streets, overpasses and low-lying areas.

Chicago’s North Side was the hardest hit, with some areas recording up to 5 inches of rain.

In one video, water could be seen gushing out of a pipe. In another part of town, parked cars were seen sitting in a pool of water.

A number of drivers completely misjudged the depth of the water as they attempted to pass under overpasses

A number of drivers completely misjudged the depth of the water as they attempted to pass under overpasses

The rain was so heavy that it uprooted a huge tree, part of which landed on a house

The rain was so heavy that it uprooted a huge tree, part of which landed on a house

Engineers are said to be taking to the streets as they try to unblock road sewers

Engineers are said to be taking to the streets as they try to unblock road sewers

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, predicts more extreme flooding for the Midwest.

According to the Chicago Water Management Office, extreme rainfall — “very local, very intense, and difficult to predict” — has increased in recent years.

Such rains can dump 2 inches per hour over a neighborhood, overwhelming local sewers, filling drains and pushing water into residents’ basements via private drains.

As a result, the city has begun installing water blockers on catch basins that prevent sewers from flooding but can worsen street flooding.

Prior to Sunday’s flooding, the most recent significant event of a similar magnitude occurred in May 2020 when the first floor of the Willis Tower flooded and the Chicago River overflowed.

The drains could not cope with sending water into the air when the pipes burst

The drains could not cope with sending water into the air when the pipes burst

A driver could barely see through his windshield as the rain poured down hard

Chicago Bears linebacker Sterling Weatherford appeared to swim across the field during Sunday's NFL football game

Chicago Bears linebacker Sterling Weatherford appeared to swim across the field during Sunday’s NFL football game

Puddles on the field in the fourth quarter during a Chicago Bears game against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field

Puddles on the field in the fourth quarter during a Chicago Bears game against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field.

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