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Friday floods close streets, cause power outages in Hinsdale

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 9:22 a.m. CST

HINSDALE – Heavy rainfall early Friday morning knocked out power, closed several roadways and flooded residential basements, according to the Hinsdale Police Department.

Between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday, a torrential downpour in the village and surrounding communities resulted in the closure of Elm Street at 59th Street, Garfield Street between 55th and 57th streets, and Madison Street between Ogden Avenue and Morris Lane, Deputy Chief of Administration Mark Wodka said.

Additionally, a transformer failed near the 5800 block South Elm Street, resulting in a power outage affecting residents in Southeast Hinsdale for about 2 hours, according to Wodka. Although Power was restored to most homes by 5:30 a.m., some ComEd customers are still without power near 5800 block South Elm Street, and there is no estimated restoration time, Wodka said.

During the heavy rain, police helped several residents whose basements flooded; however, there were no reported crashes or stranded motorist, according to Wodka. 

A flood warning has been issued for 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in DuPage County. Expected torrential rainfall could result in flooding and the rise of the Des Plaines and DuPage rivers, according to an alert from the National Weather Service.

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