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South Suburban Streets Flooded by Saturday Rains

Rain fell hard on the south suburbs Saturday, hitting the area with flash floods. Parts of Tinley Park, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Palos Hills, Midlothian, Oak Forest and other communities saw flooded streets and basements.

Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki told reporters he thinks a microburst might have hit part of this town.

"I live in (the) Brookside Glen (subdivision) and according to the rain gauge in my back yard, we got just under 4 inches of rain from 5:30 to 10 (Saturday morning). I’m not sure, but I think there may have been a microburst in the old part of town. From what I understand, they got just under 5 inches. When you get that much rain, there’s not a hell of a lot you can do," Zabrocki told Sun-Times Media.

In Burbank, motorist and child needed to be rescued after trying to drive down a severely flooded street. WGN News reports on the flooding.

Oak Lawn Trustee Alex Olejniczak told Sun-Times Media what he saw around town.

"I drove out to the retention area on 87th Street in Burbank, and that was loaded. I drove down to Stoney Creek by Richards High School. It wasn’t the worst I’ve ever seen, but the creek was holding a lot of water," Olejniczak said.


» Watch a truck go "tubing" on a Tinley Park street

2nd July 13, 2014 at 07:02 PM
The Village of Oak Lawn is to blame for the raw sewage backing up into Oak Lawn homes and businesses. Trustee Olejinczak knows full well that the Village sewer department has made the flooding worse, especially along the 9400 block of 54th Avenue. Whatever they did to the sanitary sewer behind the church at the end of the block has caused raw sewage to spill out into the church parking lot during every big rain storm and has twice flooded the basements of the residents of that block with raw sewage. We have a Village engineer, but the brainiacs in the sewer department wouldn't THINK of consulting him before 'fixing' a problem and there by causing the residents multiple problems and costing them thousands of dollars in clean-up fees, furnace and water heater replacements.
M- July 13, 2014 at 09:45 PM
The mayor couldn't care less about the flooding - she is sitting pretty up in her condo
AJ McCrea July 14, 2014 at 09:30 AM
You are right M. Up in her condo with the Patch Editor who no longer reports Oak Lawn. Notice todays story is Burbank flooding. Oak Lawn flood victims are being ignored.
Lupe' DeAguirre July 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM
There HAS been a big lack of reporting anything substantial in the Patch. I hate to bring up the Leaf, because it seems to be a politician's personal online "newspaper" only, BUT it is the only source that has reported the fact that Larry Deetjen is being named in a federal lawsuit by a former employee and that Oak Lawns fire chief is now in charge of Chicago Ridge's fire dept. Now whether you like the mayor, or any of the trustees, or even the fire dept, this should be news! It's been reported in the Southtown, and my neighbors are well aware of it thru the Southtown and the Leaf (and we live 3 doors down from both an active fire dept employee and a newly retired cop so we hear from them too) so I would think this is also well known by the Patch editor(s) and purposely ignored.
Sheryl Ann Lipp July 14, 2014 at 09:40 PM
Here in Midlothian we get the the "run off" from Tinley and Oak Forest. No matter how much or little rain our streets flood and so do some basements and yards. It is even more interesting that the rain can stop and about an hour or two later the flood waters rise. Of course every one and most agencies claim we dont flood. Well at least if I have to list my property I can honestly state Water front property.

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