Category Archives: Flooding

Flooding In Suburban Berwyn Has Senior Citizen Worried About More Water Damage

CHICAGO (CBS) — An 84-year-old woman in west suburban Berwyn said she is fed up with flooding in her alley.

And a local alderman said she’s not the only one with the problem. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reports, she’s been dealing with it for years.

Pictures taken earlier this year tell a story of pooled water. And on colder days, thick sheets of ice around Joyce Lewis’ garage at 38th and Maple.

“And then it melts, and it freezes. And it melts and freezes,” Lewis said.

After the water dries up, she said the water damage to her garage remains.

“It’s rotting out my garage on both sides,” Lewis said, adding that she knows April showers won’t help.

“I have a bad knee. My grandson lives with me and he’s a disabled vet,” Lewis said. “He has surgery on his knees. We have a hard time getting out. Even to just get to the garage.”

Alderman Scott Lennon said part of the problem is that older alleys like Joyce’s are higher in the middle and lower on the sides, which sends water toward Joyce’s garage. Lennon said he’s heard from a handful of other residents with similar complaints.

“Well it should be a higher priority, but I don’t know…we have a tight budget.”

The alderman said the city is focused on repaving streets. But he said thanks to a grant earned in 2017, the city put in 15 new alleys, which allow water to drain through a section in the middle.

“I would like a new alley but they say there’s not enough money for that,” Lewis said.

Joyce and Lennon said the city’s public works director took a look at the alley earlier this week. Lennon said he’s working with the city, looking into what can be done.

In the meantime, whenever it rains, Joyce said she needs boots to take out the garbage.

“I have to walk onto the grass and then over onto the gangway, and hold onto the fence or the other side of my garage to steady myself to get to the garage.”

The alderman added that if enough people support a petition on that block, a new alley could be possible, but taxpayers would likely have to foot the bill.

Tim’s story started with a tip from a viewer. If you know anything we should check out, send us an email at CBSChicagotips@cbs.com.

Mother Mad At Cemetery After Son’s Grave Is Flooded

CHICAGO (CBS) — Flooding and sinking graves at an historic cemetery where some famous Chicagoans are buried.

CBS 2’s Jim Williams has the story from Oak Woods Cemetery.

Mayor Harold Washington, Olympic legend Jesse Owens, activist and journalist Ida B. Wells are all buried at Oak Woods Cemetery. But CBS 2 looked at the grave of one young man.

His site is in poor condition.

Rasell Bowman’s 26-year-old son, Eric Francis Harvey, died in his sleep. And every day since she buried him on March 1, she’s visited his grave at the Oak Woods Cemetery.

“I don’t sleep. I don’t eat. I have a hard time even trying to grieve him,” said Bowman. “It’s really eating at me.”

The evidence of flooding: A pool of water is along side her son’s grave. Other graves in the immediate area are sinking. Bowman took a photo of a hose extending to a sewer.

“It doesn’t even have to rain. It’s full of water all the time,” Bowman said.

She believes her son’s casket is surrounded by water. When asked how she’s convinced water is inside the grave itself. She offered this explanation:

“Because when they lowered my son in the grave and hundreds of people were out here. We were all witnessing the water pouring in from around the front and the sides.”

A spokesperson for Oak Woods had this statement:

“Our cemetery has been impacted by the inclement weather in the area over the past several weeks resulting in some pooling water in a small section of the cemetery. We are in the process of working with the Bowman family to help resolve their situation and provide closure.”

A letter sent to Bowman stated that Oak Woods is offering to bury Bowman’s son in another part of the cemetery, but only if the cemetery is not held liable for any damages to the Bowman’s son’s casket and body.

She is not willing to sign the agreement.

“What happens if we pull him up and he’s really messed up,” Bowman asked.

CBS 2 looked at other sections of the cemetery, including the grave of Mayor Harold Washington. All is well there, but not where Bowman buried her son.

“This condition has hurt my heart in ways that you can’t imagine.”

Bowman has now buried two sons at Oak Woods. An older son was murdered 20 years ago.

Supplies Collected For ‘Nebraska Strong’ Drive For Flood Victims

DENVER (CBS4)– Coloradans who want to help the victims of the record-breaking flooding in Nebraska can do so by donating supplies. Peace With Christ Lutheran Church started the “Nebraska Strong” supply drive.

Homes and towns are flooded, and fields are not suitable for planting or calving. That has impacted the lives of ranchers and farmers. Farmers in Nebraska are expected to lose nearly a billion dollars worth of crops and livestock because of the flooding.

The flooding is a remnant of last week’s Bomb Cyclone, the unprecedented blizzard that hit Colorado and the Midwest.

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Peace With Christ church is collecting supplies for those flooding victims. They are accepting a variety of items like moving boxes, work gloves, mops, brooms, trash bags and first aid items. They’re also accepting baby food, diapers and snow shovels. The church is not collecting water or clothing at this time.

All items donated will be taken by PWC to Redeemer Lutheran in Hooper, NE & Good Shepherd Lutheran in Fremont, NE. Both congregations are ready to receive these donations. Collections days and times will be Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at Peace With Christ Lutheran Church-3290 S. Tower Rd., Aurora.

Help is on the way from Colorado also thanks to the American Red Cross. It’s shipping not only people, but supplies to the flood ravaged areas.

LINK: Nebraska Strong 2019 Flood Relief

Supply Drive Helps Nebraska Flood Victims

DENVER (CBS4)– Coloradans who want to help the victims of the record-breaking flooding in Nebraska can do so by donating supplies. The group Colorado’s Drive To Help Nebraska is collecting water, non-perishable food and toiletries and baby items.

Homes and towns are flooded, and fields are not suitable for planting or calving. The flooding is a remnant of last week’s Bomb Cyclone, the unprecedented blizzard that hit Colorado and the Midwest.

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Donations will be collected on March 30 and March 31 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Penske Truck at Reeds Southside Tavern located at 9535 Park Meadows Drive in Lone Tree.

Help is on the way from Colorado also thanks to the American Red Cross. It’s shipping not only people, but supplies to the flood ravaged areas.

LINK: Colorado’s Drive To Help Nebraska

Rivers Flood Streets In Western, Northern Illinois

CHICAGO (CBS)– Western and northern Illinois residents are watching the rivers as flooding continues to threaten streets Tuesday morning.

The Rock River in Joslin has flooded the streets after the melting snow and recent rain.

The Red Cross has opened shelters to help people displaced from their homes.

Officials in Freeport said the river could rise to a level that has not been seen in 50 years.

Tuesday morning, road closure signs could be seen in Lincolnshire, a village also dealing with flooding.

A flood warning was issued along the Des Plaines River.

The village set up two pumping operations to keep water off the pavement. Londonderry Lane is closed now between Linconshire Drive and Victoria Lane.

Coloradans Sending Help To Nebraska After Deadly, Devastating Flooding

DENVER (CBS4) – Coloradans are coming together for Nebraskans as flood waters rise. A combination of rain and snow runoff has left much of the eastern part of that state under water.

Homes and towns are flooded, and fields are not suitable for planting or calving.

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Bob and Joyce Clark who live in Jefferson County are from Nebraska and still have family there. Bob’s brother is near Omaha.

“I checked with him earlier. He said he was on higher ground, but they are sump pumping overtime,” he said.

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Joyce added, “It’s been devastating for a lot of people. I called my sister to see how she is doing.” Joyce’s sister said she was okay, but the roads were flooded.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger interviews the Clarks. (credit: CBS)

She showed pictures from her area, Loup City. There is a roadside memorial now under what looks like a sea.

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Help is on the way from Colorado thanks to the American Red Cross. It’s shipping not only people, but supplies to the flood ravaged areas.

Andrea Carlson of the Mile High Red Cross office showed CBS4’s Rick Sallinger some of the items being sent.

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“Right now these are our clean up kits we will be handing out to people in and around Nebraska. They are really in that phase,” she said.

Inside there are sponges, face masks, brooms and more. They are also sending cots, water and staffing shelters.

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Teresa Kehler was stranded for two days near Loup City was reached by the Clarks by phone. She spoke with CBS4.

“This is the first time I got to my town because of the roads, the country roads,” she said adding they received about 2-3 inches of rain on top of about eight inches of snow.

The sad scene, just one state away. As Joyce Clark put it, once a Nebraskan always a Nebraskan.

Nebraska Farmer Dies After Trying To Save Others In Floodwaters

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At least one person has died and at least two others are missing in floodwaters that have swamped towns and farmland, washed out roads and bridges and drowned livestock in Nebraska in the wake of a late-winter storm that overwhelmed rivers and creeks with rain and snowmelt.

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The family of 50-year-old James Wilke, of Columbus, Nebraska, says he was driving his tractor to rescue stranded motorists on a county road cut off by flooding Thursday when a bridge he was crossing collapsed. His cousin, Paul Wilke, told the Columbus Telegram that James Wilke’s body was found downstream. Gass Haney Funeral Home confirmed James Wilke’s death.

Officials in other parts of Nebraska say a Norfolk man was seen on top of his flooded car late Thursday before being swept away in the water and another man is missing after being swept away by waters when a dam collapsed on the Niobrara River.

“As the sun rises, flooding continues through a good portion of Nebraska. Many communities have been cut off or have heavily restricted access, including the Metro area. Only travel if necessary,” the Nebraska Department of Transportation stated on Saturday morning.

LINK: American Red Cross of Nebraska and Southwest Iowa

The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local):

11:35 p.m.

Rescue and evacuation efforts have been continuing in many areas of eastern Nebraska, where a deluge of recent rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers.

Efforts overnight and into Saturday were hampered by reports of levee breaches and washouts of bridges and roads, including part of Highway 92 leading in an out of southwest Omaha. Authorities also confirmed Saturday that a bridge on that highway that crosses the Elkhorn River had been washed out Saturday.

The towns of North Bend and a large portion of Columbus were submerged Friday. Emergency workers used boats to evacuate residents.


10:45 a.m.

The National Weather Service says recent heavy rains paired with rising temperatures melting snow are causing flooding in the Midwest.

Weather service meteorologist Brian Pierce in Davenport, Iowa, says moderate flooding Saturday along the Mississippi River is just the beginning. Pierce calls it the “dress rehearsal for the main event that’s going to happen in early April.” He says there’s snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin that’s yet to melt.

Pierce says when it does there will be another round of flooding in those states that will then move south along the Mississippi River into Illinois and Iowa.

The Mississippi River recorded moderate flooding Saturday from Rock Island, Illinois, south to Burlington, Iowa.

Flooding is also occurring along other rivers and creeks in the Midwest. In eastern Nebraska, at least one person is dead and two others are missing.


10:15 a.m.

At least one person has died and at least two others are missing in floodwaters that have swamped towns and farmland, washed out roads and bridges and drowned livestock in Nebraska in the wake of a late-winter storm that overwhelmed rivers and creeks with rain and snowmelt.

The family of 50-year-old James Wilke, of Columbus, Nebraska, says he was driving his tractor to rescue stranded motorists on a county road cut off by flooding Thursday when a bridge he was crossing collapsed. His cousin, Paul Wilke, told the Columbus Telegram that James Wilke’s body was found downstream. Gass Haney Funeral Home confirmed James Wilke’s death.

Officials in other parts of Nebraska say a Norfolk man was seen on top of his flooded car late Thursday before being swept away in the water and another man is missing after being swept away by waters when a dam collapsed on the Niobrara River.