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The record-setting spring rains that pummeled the Chicago region this May overwhelmed northern Illinois rivers, knocked out power to Willis Tower, filled Lake Michigan to the brim and forced thousands of residents to tackle soaked basements, muck-covered yards and damaged foundations.
Flooding has become a front-and-center issue in Illinois in recent years, with concerns stretching from Chicago and its suburbs to the sparsely populated farmland near Cairo at the southern tip of the state.
This May already is the wettest in Chicago on record, the third year in a row that May has set new precipitation records. The record rains are a stark reminder that Illinois is experiencing more frequent drenching downpours.
The changing climate, plus more development across the Chicago region, has altered the landscape of what areas are considered flood-prone.