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Chicago - Flood Strands Motorists Headed To O'Hare Airport

Published on: July 1, 2014 08:22 PM
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This photo from video provided courtesy of WMAQ-TV in Chicago shows air travelers wheeling their luggage toward Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, July 1, 2014, after sudden rains flooded the Kennedy Expressway, a major thoroughfare that runs to the airport. Desperate travelers were forced to get out of taxis and haul their luggage the rest of the way to the airport. (AP Photo/Courtesy of WMAQ-TV Chicago)Chicago - A massive traffic backup caused by standing water on the expressway into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport prompted desperate travelers to get out of cars and walk along the roadway, with their luggage in tow.

Flooding closed Interstate 190 to one lane about a mile from the domestic terminals on Tuesday after heavy rains hit the area overnight. O’Hare is the nation’s second-busiest airport.

Traveler Jami Cloud tells WMAQ-TV that after being stuck for two hours in a cab, there was no other option but to walk.


The Illinois Department of Transportation says a pumping station channeling storm runoff into a river failed. The agency thinks a construction project also contributed to the water buildup.

Snow plows eventually pushed water off the roadway and all lanes reopened by mid-morning.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 08:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Same thing can happen at JFK when the Belt Parkway floods.


 Jul 01, 2014 at 09:35 PM why-not Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Same thing can happen at JFK when the Belt Parkway floods.

I by passed the whole mess by taking city streets most of the way


 Jul 01, 2014 at 09:41 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Thank goodness Congress is refusing to pass a highway bill.


 Jul 02, 2014 at 09:04 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

A 28% reduction in federal funds for highway programs take hold on 1 August, unless Congress acts.


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