to 5 inches of rain fell in some places, and the National Weather
Service warned residents in the region to brace for more downpours
and possibly severe thunderstorms Wednesday night.
weather service issued multiple flash flood and flood warnings for
counties in northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana and southeastern
storms, which threatened eastern Illinois, Indiana, and parts of
Kentucky and Ohio, could include large hail, flash flooding and
damaging winds of more than 60 mph, AccuWeather.com said.
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, one of the nation's busiest,
403 inbound and outbound flights had been canceled by Wednesday
evening, according to the site FlightAware.com, which tracks delays
heavy rain also caused hour-plus delays for other flights, according
to the city's aviation department.
the Chicago area's commuter rail service, also reported delays of
more than an hour on one of its lines. Part of one line north of the
city was shut due to flooding.
of some arterial roads were closed Wednesday morning due to flooding,
according to the Illinois State Police.
Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in seven
southwestern counties after touring flood-damaged areas on Wednesday.
communities in northeastern Iowa on the Wapsipinicon River were also
dealing with flooding. In Independence, volunteers filled sandbags to
avert flooding and local officials closed several roads.
and grounds events were canceled on Wednesday at the Linn County Fair
due to possible flooding along the Wapsipinicon.