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.
LV Vehicle driving thorough flooded street.
MV Man walking through water.
SV Stranded car
GV AND CU Flooded homes (5 shots)
SV Rescue team moving out in boat.
GV Family outside house.
GV Flood water in streets daytime - (4 shots)
GV Damage by wind and water (5 shots)
GV Food factory minus roof (3 shots)
GV PAN Riding stable minus roof.
GV Damaged fairground (4 shots)
"The heavy rainstorm, driven by high winds, moved into the Chicago area just after nine o'clock last night(Friday August 25). Suburbs west and north west of the city suffered major flooding. In Addison Illinois the water in several residential areas was as deep as five feet. Rescue teams toured the flooded neighbourhood by boat. A few families were evacuated, but most preferred to stay. More than forty thousand homes in the Chicago area were without electrical power for several hours. Hundreds of roads and bridges were closed. BY this morning it was evident that the major damage was caused not by flooding, but by high winds. The Marriot Motor Hotel near O'Hare airport lost a large portion of its roof and scores of windows were knocked out. There were two thousand people in the hotel at the time but no-none was injured Several miles to the south, ten employees working in a food processing plant were injured when the roof collapsed. at another location the wind removed he roof of a riding stable. In suburban Norwich high winds toppled a Ferris Wheel and damaged other equipment. the carnival was to have opened last night (Friday), but the rain kept the crowds away and there were no injuries.
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Background: 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.