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Downpours left basements, streets flooded all over North and Northwest sides, and some say it’s a recurring problem

CHICAGO (CBS) — Sheets of rainfall on Sunday overwhelmed the sewers and created wild photos of water flooding viaducts and gushing out of drains like geysers.

On Monday, an intense cleanup was in progress. Meanwhile, CBS 2’s Chris Tye explored the place the storms hit, the requires service, and why sure neighborhoods get hit the toughest most frequently.

In Rogers Park, everybody who lives 1700 block of West Columbia Avenue – between Ravenswood and Hermitage avenues – ended up with water of their basements.

The wet Sunday gave approach there to a Monday of insurance coverage estimators, industrial suction vacs, and folks reflecting on how typically this occurs within the space.

Some say they’ve felt this identical pinch 4 or 5 instances within the final 10 years – and they say it’s getting previous, moist, and drained rapidly.

“The worst – for sure,” stated Rogers Park house owner Estelle Pizzo. “I’ve been here 25 years.”

Of course, something effervescent over like a fountain in a single’s dwelling – wanting an precise fountain – is unwelcome. But the final place anybody would hope for such a factor to occur is the bathroom.

Guess what occurred to Pizzo.

“It wasn’t just rainwater – it was sewage coming up from the floor drain and the toilet, which is – I’ve never seen it come out of the toilet before,” she stated.

A complete of seven inches of rain fell in a single hour in Rogers Park, sending that filthy water up by way of the bogs and grates. It rose practically as quick out on the road in entrance of Pizzo’s home.

“The water came all the way up almost to mid-hubcap,” Pizzo stated.

Meanwhile all over the North Side, water geysers shot into the air from metropolis streets and steel sewer covers went flying. The deluge introduced a excellent storm of a lot water and an underground system that could not sustain.

CBS 2 tracked the components of the town the place the rain fell hardest and quickest. They seem within the darker colours within the map under.

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Those are additionally precisely the neighborhoods the place calls to 311 for water in basements and water on the highway — mirrored in blue dots on this second map — got here in most regularly.  

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From Sunday to Monday morning, there have been greater than 900 calls from six Chicago neighborhood areas on the North and Northwest sides alone.

Portage Park had essentially the most – with 343 calls about basement flooding and 31 about avenue flooding – for a whole of 374. Edgewater adopted – with 145 requires basement flooding and 26 for avenue flooding – for a whole of 171.

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“You go through this and its maddening,” Pizzo stated.

Adding to the insanity for Pizzo is a concern that extra new building in her neighborhood will solely add extra stress to infrastructure system already examined to the restrict.

“We have to get our systems to handle more extreme problems,” she stated.

We reached out to a variety of the aldermen on this space Monday. None acquired again to us. Neither did the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, which manages the sewer methods.

Meanwhile, householders say after this spherical, the questions will likely be sharper – and the demand for solutions will likely be a little extra pointed.

We additionally dug into some extra information. Believe it or not, with regards to flooding, Sunday ranked eighth among the many highest variety of flooding calls ever.

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The worst was July 24, 2010, when 311 operators acquired greater than 3,000 requires flooded basements or streets. That is adopted by storms in 2013, and then 2011.

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