Flood, freezing rain advisories in effect in Chicago

Flood, freezing rain advisories in effect in Chicago

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Flood and freezing rain advisories were put into effect for the Chicago area, which has already seen at least a half an inch rain this evening.

The flood advisory was put into effect at 4:55 p.m and lasts 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The freezing rain advisory started at 6:16 p.m. and will expire at midnight.

The metro area and surrounding suburbs have seen between a half-inch to an inch of rain since late this afternoon, said NWS meteorologist Eric Lenning.

Multiple streets and at least one expressway are flooded, officials said.

Police were responding to flooding on both Interstate 94 at Lake Cook Road and the intersection of 95th Street and Stony Island Avenue around 5:30 p.m., Illinois State Police said.

The underpass on Dempster Street below Milwaukee Avenue in north suburban Niles was closed for nearly two hours as of 6:15 p.m., Niles police said.

But rainfall is not the only reason streets around the area are seeing flooding.

"It's the fact that a lot of the drains are clogged with snow and ice, so water has no where to go," Lenning said.

Freezing rain is piling up roads and sidewalks, making roads look like an ice rink after a Zamboni passes over, Lenning said.

O'Hare International Airport canceled more than 200 flights Friday, and a "handful" were canceled at Midway International Airport, according to the city's Department of Aviation.

Police are advising area residents to stay indoors and avoid driving on the icy roads.

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