Heavy rains cause flash flooding in Chicago area

Heavy rains rolled through the northwest suburbs and caused flash flooding that shut down some streets and flooded some yards.

- Heavy rains rolled through the northwest suburbs and caused flash flooding that shut down some streets and flooded some yards.

“It happens all in 20 minutes, and it takes me four or five hours to pump it all out,” said Carlo Caruso, who lives in Roselle.

The flash flood warning turned Caruso's side yard into a pond, and not one he wants. It filled up after the rains rolled through and dumped a deluge on Roselle and the surrounding suburbs.

“I believe it came down really hard for about half an hour, I was in the house there having lunch. And I didn’t think much of it until I stepped outside and I saw this," Caruso said.

The street along the side of his home was completely flooded at one point, and all the water ran down hill until it reached a nearby park, home to Miracle Field. And on Monday night, the baseball diamonds were better suited for ducks than young kids with bats, balls and gloves.

Caruso feels fortunate he had no water damage in his house.

“It seems as if it comes down too fast, it comes flying out of the sewers, floods the street and I’m the low guy on the block so, it fills up my side yard here,” Caruso said.

In neighboring Schaumburg, several streets were shut down after the rain overwhelmed the sewers and flooded the streets in an industrial park.

Drivers who tried to make it through found out the hard way that the water was too deep, and they wound up stranded and needing a tow.

After several hours, the water did subside and the roads were reopened. But the heavy rains provided a reminder about the potential danger of flash flooding.

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