Orland Park Reports 3.5 Inches of Rain June 9th

Orland Park Reports 3.5 Inches of Rain June 9th
Posted on 06/09/2011

Torrential thunderstorms brought 3.5 inches of rain to Orland Park overnight into June 9.

"This was an unusually high amount of rain in a short period of time," said Orland Park Director of Public Works Ed Wilmes.

According to the Chicago Weather Center, overnight thunderstorms hit south Cook and Will Counties the hardest.

In its 11:30 a.m. flash flood warning, the National Weather Service reported that excessive runoffs are to be expected after the rainfall during the last twelve hours. The weather service extended its flash flood warning until 5:30 p.m. on June 9th, cautioning people to avoid flooded areas, both on foot and in vehicles.

"We've had some localized flooding and our crews are out, clearing debris from storm drains and sewers so the water can drain," Wilmes said. "The retention and detention ponds are performing as they were designed to, catching the run off," he added.

The Village of Orland Park's Storm Water Management System is designed to keep water away from homes. "Temporary holding of water in streets after extremely heavy rainfalls is to be expected," Wilmes explained, adding, "Protection of property is our main priority with any storm of this nature. Everyone should exercise caution in flooded areas."

Residents are encouraged to monitor the storm drains near their homes, making sure they're clear of debris so water can drain. Contact the village's Public Works Department at 403-6350 or via email at publicworks@orland-park.il.us to report anything other than normal drainage patterns from today's heavy rains.