Flooding Effects



The rain is gone for now but the trouble it caused last week is still here.
 
While many roads are reopening all over suburban Chicago, there are still plenty that remain closed.

Flooding along the Fox River and the Des Plaines River has left many roads impassable in communities such as Lisle, Gurnee and Des Plaines. In many cases residents are getting around in canoes.
 
In Des Plaines, City Manager Mike Bartholomew tells The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/13qi0UM ) that even when the water recedes enough to open the roads it will take at least a half a day to get them cleaned up enough to reopen.
 
It is expected to be sunny Monday but the area may get as much as an inch of rain Tuesday.
 
Meanwhile, in Missouri, a St. Louis County bridge over the flooded Mississippi River is apparently undamaged after being struck by a handful of runaway barges.
 
The U.S. Coast Guard says 114 barges broke free Saturday night from where they were docked in south St. Louis County. Four struck the Jefferson Barracks Bridge.
 
The Missouri Department of Transportation closed the bridge for inspection at 2 a.m. Sunday, but reopened it six hours later after no structural damage was found.
 
The Coast Guard says at least 10 of the barges sank. Most of the rest were corralled with the help of tow operators in the region. Two were unaccounted for.
 
The Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the river over concern about the sunken barges.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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