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Bishop Ford Expressway remains closed due to flooding

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The Bishop Ford Expressway remains closed Friday morning, one day after torrential rains pounded Chicago and the suburbs, dumping over five inches of rain.

"The hotspot right now is the Bishop Ford where we still have standing water," said Master Sgt. Rodney Collins of the Illinois State Police.

The expressway is closed from the merger with the Dan Ryan, down to 147th Street, state police said.

Collins reported that a Bishop Ford Expressway feeder ramp that starts at South Stony Island Avenue and East 103rd Street is also closed.

All other expressways in Cook County that closed as a result of flooding have been re-opened, state police said. However, southwest of Joliet, the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 are closed between Interstate 80 and Route 6, state police said.

Chicago Police reported that there are no major flooding-related road closures.

The 48-hour deluge deposited more than five-and-a-half inches of rain at O'Hare Airport, flooding at least 1,200 Chicago basements and thousands of suburban homes in the process.

The flooding prompted Governor Pat Quinn to declare a "state of emergency," enabling state personnel to aid local governments.

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