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April showers 2013

They say “April showers bring May flowers.”  Based on the forecasts we’re hearing, we may be in store for many flowers next month because this month it looks like we’ll be getting plenty of showers.

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President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration Friday that will make federal funds available to Illinois residents in 11 counties hit by last month’s flooding.

Heavy rains led to floods that damaged and destroyed homes and businesses across the state in April. The declaration covers those affected between April 16 and May 5 by the severe storms and winds.

Property owners in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will counties can begin the application process for federal aid this weekend.

They must first register at or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

The number for the hearing and speech impaired is 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

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Ron Madon, 74, turns on the news Monday in the living room of his home that was flooded by recent heavy rains on Knollwood Road in Fox Lake. “It’s all about Boston,” he lamented, hoping for news about flood crests along the Fox River. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune)

Heavy Flooding in McHenry County

Our colleagues at KDAF-TV in Dallas assembled this amazing montage of footage from an unprecedented week of news. From the Boston Marathon to the Ricin scare to the West, TX, fertilizer plant explosion to the flooding here in Chicago. This was a week we will remember for a long time.

Day 3 of Suburban Flooding

To clear the way for more assistance with flooding, Gov. Pat Quinn declared disaster areas in 38 counties statewide.

Gov. Quinn is spending a second day touring the flood damage around Illinois

Have you ever wondered what gives sinkholes their destructive power? Turi consults Patricia Beddows, Assistant Chair at Northwestern’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, to find out the process behind the creation of urban sinkholes, after one swallowed up three cars on the southside.

Sinkhole swallows 3 cars and continues to deepen

Record rains: Skilling full forecast

Our colleagues at WGN-TV spent Thursday traveling around Chicagoland documenting the deluge that has swamped the area.  Here is some of their video:

Original McDonalds in Des Plaines:

Lake County:

City of Chicago:

Rescue in Lisle:


Morton Arboretum:



Glen Ellyn:

Man canoes down street:


Forecast: Rain continues to trickle in from the south