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47th and East Avenue intersection open as flooding subsides

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:18 p.m. CDT
(Matthew Piechalak)
Flooding caused the closing of 47th Street, just East of East Avenue in La Grange on Thursday, April 18. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

LA GRANGE AND WESTERN SPRINGS – The intersection at 47th Street and East Avenue was open Thursday afternoon after being closed in the morning following heavy storms throughout the Chicagoland area.

Three or four other roads were closed earlier in the morning, including the underpass at Ogden Avenue, but Assistant Village Manager Andrianna Peterson said all roads are now open.

“It does appear that some of the earlier flooding is receding," she said.

Metra trains were delayed earlier in the morning, but Peterson said that to her knowledge, all railroad crossings are open.

The regularly scheduled Thursday garbage pickup for residents south of 47th Street is delayed until Friday, Peterson said. Allied Waste/Republic, the village's trash removal contractor, is currently unable to send out trucks from its location at Lake Street and Mannheim Road, which was closed as of earlier.

In Western Springs, parts of Hillgrove and Hampton avenues are thought to still be under water, said Gary Mayor, deputy director of Fire and Medical Services.

Mayor said there are no major issues in Western Springs but that the department has assisted fire operations in Hinsdale, where there was a fire, and Brookfield, which had to evacuate a building.

Mayor advised residents to stay out of flooded basements because of potential electrical hazards.

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