• Short Summary

    Rescue services in Chicago and surrounding suburbs were at full stretch over the weekend (August 26 and 27) after torrential rainstorms turned many main roads into rivers, flooded thousands of basements and marooned inhabitants in their homes.

  • Description

    Rescue services in Chicago and surrounding suburbs were at full stretch over the weekend (August 26 and 27) after torrential rainstorms turned many main roads into rivers, flooded thousands of basements and marooned inhabitants in their homes. Many had to be rescued by boat from upstairs rooms.

    Despite warnings broadcast on local radio an television stations, thousands of residents f Chicago's suburbs were apparently caught by surprise: the storm was officially olaeaified as 'the worst of the year' with nearly two inches of rainfall in as many hours.

    The sudden fall threatened to breach the banks of the Chicago river, and officials had to release tons of untreated sewage and pollute water into Lake Michigan to prevent this.

    High winds - described by some as 'like a tornado' tore roofs off buildings and overturned cars. Badly hit was a food factory in the suburb of Bridgeport: ten employees were sent to hospital after the roof gave in. And. near Chicago's O'Hare airport, extensive damage was caused to a motel with two-thousand guests - but there were no casualties.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9EHDZMQTMUKAWB66QWVIE17VB
    Media URN:
    VLVA9EHDZMQTMUKAWB66QWVIE17VB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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