Massive downed tree halts traffic on Southbound Lake Shore Drive, traffic affected throughout area during severe storms – CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Bad weather had a dramatic impact in the Chicago area on Saturday afternoon, as standing water and downed trees brought traffic to a standstill in some places.

As CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported, getting around has quickly become a headache for some Chicagoans.

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The roads have become obstacle courses in Woodlawn. On Lake Shore Drive, a huge downed tree halted traffic in the southbound lanes near the 63rd Street beach.

Vehicles, including a Chicago Transit Authority bus full of disgruntled passengers, were stopped as crews tried to clear the way around 2 p.m.

Further north in Bucktown, minor flooding was seen near Ashland Avenue and Homer Street near the Kennedy Freeway overpass in the heart of the storm. The stairs were more like waterfalls as water pooled under the bridge.

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Traffic was also halted on the Eisenhower Expressway due to standing water. Eastbound traffic was diverted at Des Plaines and westbound traffic was diverted at 1st Avenue. Illinois State Police have warned to avoid the area.

The water reached the tops of the tires of some vehicles traveling under the Belmont Avenue Lake Shore Drive overpass around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Drivers had to drive through at least 12 inches of water. The water almost overran the tires of some of the toy cars.

The hiking trails near East Lakeview were more like ponds. One man even thought of hitchhiking on another’s back as they tried to get around.

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Naperville police also reported road closures due to standing water. Police reported flooding that closed several roads, including Julian Street at Prairie Avenue and Washington Street at Bailey Road.

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