Oak Lawn’s Emergency Management team was on high alert yesterday as storms with tornado like winds damaged the area and flooded streets and backyard barbecues were moved inside by drenched homeowners.
At about 3 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southeastern Cook County, including Oak Lawn.
The Oak Lawn Emergency Management Agency passed along that warning along with a warning to motorists to avoid driving. The agency reported dealing with multiple calls for stranded drivers with “water in their vehicles”.
Streets and intersections such as 102nd and Keeler had trees blocking the street. Northbound Cicero at 99th Street was shutdown. Central Avenue between 98th Street and 110th was “under water” as was 94th and 52nd Avenue and the 5200 block of 100th Street. Harlem at 95th Street and 99th Street from Cicero and Pulaski were also having flooding issues.
Later, the agency added am update to include 109th and Lamon, where a tree was down blocking the street and 105th and Major where a tree and light pole were down blocking the street.
Backyards were obviously flooded and some people reported flooding in their homes, posting photos of both on social media sites.
While some residents complained about the conditions, others offered advice. One resident told
Others complained that the water was getting into their homes flooding their basements and causing damage.
On resident wasted no time in offering advice to the village and laying the blame, not with Mother Nature, but rather with Mayor Sandra Bury. The frustrated resident wrote:
Village of Oak Lawn…I think it’s time you open the sewer valve! This is ridiculous!!! I pay too much money to you for my cars and house to get flooded and ruined every time we have a downpour! Sandra Bury
Others took a more relaxed approach, wishing friends “Happy Memorial Day”, while showing people floating in the streets. Another posted someone riding in a boat on Fairfax.
But it wasn’t just Oak Lawn as areas around Oak Lawn were hit with flooding also. Here is a photo of the viaduct near 95th and Harlem showing the problems that all travelers had yesterday in the area.