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Berwyn, Cicero spared heavy flooding; nearby areas hit hard

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 2:12 p.m. CDT
Floodwater builds in the lawn outside Morton West High School in Berwyn April 18. Matthew Piechalak –

Heavy rains overnight and through the morning April 18 led to street closures all over the west suburbs, particularly in those communities along the Des Plaines River and Salt Creek.

Berwyn and Cicero officials said while their problems were nothing like other communities along the river and Salt Creek, public works crews stayed busy.

Water pressure blew the cap of a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District interceptor at 22nd Street and East Avenue in Berwyn, and parts of East Avenue were closed at Cermak Road.

The Berwyn Park District canceled all programs for the day.

In Riverside, fire officials evacuated residents of West and Pine avenues just south of Forest Avenue, and the Forest Avenue Bridge is closed to traffic.

Riverside-Brookfield High School students were let out early, because roads to the school were inaccessible. The basement of Riverside Brookfield High School was reported flooded, and some leaks were reported in the ceiling. Tents were set up in the northeast corner of the Brookfield Zoo parking lot as a waiting area for students to be picked up.

In Brookfield, flooding was reported Hollywood area and Salt Creek rose nearly to the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad trestle along Brooklet Avenue.

Many roads were closed, including at Prairie and Ogden avenues and at First and Ogden avenues.

Lyons Department of Public Works crews delivered loads of sand for sandbags to the Czech Terrace residents to quell the rise of Salt Creek, which had overflown its banks. Attempts to get more sand from Hillside were thwarted by street closures. Some residents required evacuation via boat.

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