By Rachel Bogart

DES PLAINES, Ill.—Last week, my hometown of Des Plaines, in suburban Chicago, was hit hard by massive storms.

In a period of only 48 hours, we received more than seven inches of rain.... more 
By Rachel Bogart

DES PLAINES, Ill.—Last week, my hometown of Des Plaines, in suburban Chicago, was hit hard by massive storms.

In a period of only 48 hours, we received more than seven inches of rain. To make matters worse, my home is only four blocks from the Des Plaines River, which reached a record breaking 10.92 feet. Water seeped into our basement through the foundation, forcing me to move as many of my belongings to the top floor.

Flooding shut down parts of major roads, including Oakton Street, Des Plaines River Road, and Lee Street. Sandbagging efforts seemed futile as water continued to overflow from the river and Des Plaines called a state of emergency and a disaster declaration.

Homes and cars flooded, and several people took to canoes and kayaks to navigate through the water. As of Sunday, residents were already gutting their basements, throwing away water-damaged items. The water has continued to recede since Friday, but more rain was on the way as of Tuesday and the town remains under a river flood warning until early Saturday morning. less 
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