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Flooding Causes Few Road Closures in Palos Area

A severe storm crawling across northern Illinois Wednesday and early Thursday has caused certain roads to be closed as storm water builds throughout the area.

Flash flooding conditions in the Palos area has led to a few road closures Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flooding warning for Cook and Will counties, as well as several nearby areas, and remains in effect.

According to the NWS, as much as an inch of rain in 30 minutes has fallen during the most recent line of thunderstorms moving across northern Illinois since 7:45 a.m. Thursday, adding to three to six inches of rain that already has fallen in the last 24 hours.

The storm is a described as a “potentially life threatening event” by the NWS, and they recommend avoiding driving if possible.

Motorists should not attempt to drive through areas where water covers the road. Along with local road closures, the Edens, Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways have sections closed due to flooding.

The following local roadways are closed according to Palos Heights, Palos Park and Palos Hills police departments.

  • Southwest Highway from 131st to 135th streets is closed completely with Police Department barricades. A car attempted to drive through the flooded area near 131st Street and Southwest Highway, and washed off the road, according to a witness.
  • Sections of 123rd Street between LaGrange Road and 90th Avenue
  • 107th Avenue between LaGrange Road and Kean Avenue

Route 83 between 86th Avenue and Highwood Drive is open, but a lot of debris is on the roadway. Drivers are encouraged to use caution when passing through.

Moraine Valley Community College has some flooding within the campus area, near the B and L buildings, but 111th Street outside the campus is clear, according to the Moraine Valley Campus Police.

Know of other flooded areas? Leave them in the comments. 

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