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No surprise here: Wettest April ever in Chicago

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

As if we really needed official confirmation, this is now the wettest April on record in Chicago, according to the National Weather Service.

The .70 inches of rain that fell at O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday brought the monthly total to 8.54 inches, a new monthly rainfall record, the weather service said.

The Top 5 wettest Aprils on record in Chicago are:

1. 2013 -- 8.54 inches

2. 1947 -- 8.33 inches

3. 1975 -- 7.84 inches

4. 1909 -- 7.73 inches

5. 1983 -- 7.69 inches

As of Wednesday morning, a flood warning remains in effect for rivers throughout Illinois and northwest Indiana.

The following area rivers are affected by the flood warning:

— Des Plaines River in Lake and Cook counties;

— Fox River in Kane, McHenry, Kendall and LaSalle counties;

— Kankakee River in Porter, Lake and Newton counties in Indiana;

— Rock River in Winnebago County; and

— Iroquois River in Iroquois County.

Properties suffering substantial damage from last week's heavy rains and flooding can request a lower tax assessment after Gov. Pat Quinn declared a large swath of the state a disaster area.

Quinn's declaration of major disaster area status for 38 counties triggered the disaster area reassessment provisions of the Illinois Property Tax Code. The disaster area ranged throughout Northeastern Illinois and south of Champaign County. It included Cook, Lake, Kane, Kendall, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, McHenry and Will counties.

Though Wednesday morning will be cloudy with a slight chance of light showers, the skies should turn mostly sunny later in the afternoon, with highs from the mid- to upper 40s near the lake to around 50 inland, according to the weather service.

There's a 40 percent chance of light snow showers after midnight, mainly in areas north of Midway Airport, with lows in the mid- to upper 30s. Thursday was expected to be mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s.

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