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Suburbs' flooding woes might last awhile

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Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com The Gurnee Barber Shop Old Grand Avenue prepares for flooding in Gurnee Thursday morning.

Ray Ritthamel, left, of the Des Plaines Public Works hands a sandbag to resident Sal Castellanos in the parking lot of Christ Church as floodwaters rise in Des Plaines Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Oakwood Avenue in Des Plaines, just west of the River, is closed due to flooding Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Martha Martinez ties sandbags loaded in the back of her van at the Christ Church parking lot as floodwaters rise in Des Plaines Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Volunteer Fred Rickert of Zion places sandbags at Tranquility Salon on Old Grand Avenue in Gurnee Thursday morning.

Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Gurnee Community Church employees Stacey Rowan, left, and Shawn Robards make a sign that says "We have peace flowing like a river" as they prepare for flooding in Gurnee Thursday morning.

Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.com Libertyville Public Works Director John Heinz listens in during a press conference Thursday morning at the Lake County Central Permit Facility in Libertyville as officials update the media and residents about the current flooding situation in Lake County.

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Propelled by a deluge that at one point dropped an inch of rain in 20 minutes, quick-rising floodwaters flowed into basements, swallowed streets and closed schools throughout the suburbs Thursday. Many residents who dealt with the watery nightmare are hoping Friday brings some normalcy.
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    • Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com
 The Gurnee Barber Shop Old Grand Avenue prepares for flooding in Gurnee Thursday morning.
    • Ray Ritthamel, left, of the Des Plaines Public Works hands a sandbag to resident Sal Castellanos in the parking lot of Christ Church as floodwaters rise in Des Plaines Thursday.
    • Oakwood Avenue in Des Plaines, just west of the River, is closed due to flooding Thursday.
    • Martha Martinez ties sandbags loaded in the back of her van at the Christ Church parking lot as floodwaters rise in Des Plaines Thursday.
    • Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Volunteer Fred Rickert of Zion places sandbags at Tranquility Salon on Old Grand Avenue in Gurnee Thursday morning.
    • Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Gurnee Community Church employees Stacey Rowan, left, and Shawn Robards make a sign that says "We have peace flowing like a river" as they prepare for flooding in Gurnee Thursday morning.
    • Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.com Libertyville Public Works Director John Heinz listens in during a press conference Thursday morning at the Lake County Central Permit Facility in Libertyville as officials update the media and residents about the current flooding situation in Lake County.
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