September 12-15, 2008: Heavy Rainfall Event from Remnants of Hurricane Ike

Here are the storm total precipitation amounts from our Cooperative Observers as well as our CoCoRaHs observers across Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana. It covers the period from 7 am Friday, September 12 through 7 am Monday, September 15, 2008.  The table below is listed from highest to lowest amounts.  If you would like to see the list by county, click here.  For a map showing rainfall amounts across the Midwest, scroll to the bottom of this list.

Thank you to all our volunteers who reported during this rain event!

Station ID Name
3 day total
IN-PT-64 VALPARAISO 1.4 ENE
11.02
IN-PT-32 PORTAGE 0.9 ESE
10.74
IN-PT-69 PORTER 0.6 S
10.69
IN-PT-34 CHESTERTON 1.7 WSW
10.59
IL-DP-53 WHEATON 1.7 N
10.53
ELBI2 ELBURN
10.51
IL-KN-30 ELBURN 0.4 NW
10.51
IN-PT-60 LAKES OF THE FOUR SEASONS
10.41
IN-PT-8 VALPARAISO 0.6 SE
10.33
IL-CK-107 EVANSTON 1.4 N
10.20
IN-PT-27 KOUTS 2.8 N
10.16
IN-PT-62 VALPARAISO 7.4 WSW
10.09
IL-CK-69 PARK FOREST 0.8 NNE
10.01
IN-LK-6 CROWN POINT 6.6 ESE
9.94
IN-PT-1 VALPARAISO 3.9 NNW
9.87
IN-LP-14 MICHIGAN CITY 1.3 SSW
9.79
IL-CK-84 BARTLETT 1.2 NE
9.78
IN-PT-13 VALPARAISO 6.2 WSW
9.74
IN-PT-30 VALPARAISO 5.8 WSW
9.67
IN-LK-31 MERRILLVILLE 0.8 NNW
9.37
IL-CK-46 DES PLAINES 0.5 NW
9.36
IN-PT-19 VALPARAISO 5.9 NW
9.22
SCKI2 ST CHARLES 7 NW
9.18
PAWI2 PAW PAW
9.16
IL-KN-8 GENEVA 3.3 WSW
9.15
IL-KN-58 LILY LAKE 2.1 E
9.13
IN-PT-43 CHESTERTON 2.3 ESE
9.13
SCHI2 ST CHARLES
9.10
IL-KN-68 GENEVA 0.9 N
9.09
IN-PT-12 VALPARAISO 4.3 SW
9.09
IL-KN-64 ST CHARLES 0.1 E
9.08
IN-LK-26 CROWN POINT 1.1 N
9.04
IL-KN-66 GENEVA 1.0 E
9.03
IL-DP-34 WEST CHICAGO 2.7 N
9.02
IL-CK-75 ELK GROVE VILLAGE 2.2 WSW
8.95
IN-LK-8 HAMMOND 3.0 SW
8.95
IN-PT-44 CROWN POINT 7.6 ESE
8.90
IL-CK-64 HOMEWOOD 0.1 ESE
8.89
IL-KN-31 ST CHARLES 1.6 SW
8.83
IN-PT-14 CHESTERTON 3.0 ESE
8.77
IL-CK-76 FLOSSMOOR 1.1 ESE
8.76
IN-PT-25 VALPARAISO 5.1 WSW
8.76
IL-CK-63 ELK GROVE VILLAGE 0.6 ESE
8.74
IL-DP-61 ROSELLE 0.5 S
8.61
STAI2 STREATOR
8.55
IL-WL-25 CRETE 2.6 E
8.55
IN-LK-24 CROWN POINT 2.0 WSW
8.55
IL-KN-63 GENEVA 1.7 WSW
8.54
IL-KN-1 GENEVA 1.6 ENE
8.52
IL-DP-42 CAROL STREAM 0.3 SSE
8.51
IL-CK-18 SKOKIE 1.0 NNE
8.47
IL-DP-11 CAROL STREAM 0.7 WNW
8.45
ORD CHICAGO OHARE AIRPORT
8.45
IN-PT-18 HEBRON 3.7 NE
8.31
IL-KN-33 NORTH AURORA 1.5 NE
8.27
IL-KN-10 ELGIN 0.9 WSW
8.26
IL-KN-23 BATAVIA 1.5 WNW
8.23
IL-KN-57 GENEVA 1.9 W
8.21
IN-LP-31 LA CROSSE 0.4 E
8.20
IL-WL-18 CRETE 1.4 SW
8.13
IL-KN-62 BATAVIA 1.3 WNW
8.11
IL-CK-27 STREAMWOOD 1.1 NNE
8.01
IL-CK-94 LINCOLNWOOD 1.8 E
7.85
IL-DP-69 GLEN ELLYN 1.0 NE
7.84
PEOI2 PEOTONE
7.83
IL-DP-60 GLEN ELLYN 0.8 NW
7.72
IL-DP-58 WHEATON 0.5 W
7.72
IL-WL-23 BEECHER 3.4 SSE
7.71
CBGI2 BOTANIC GARDENS
7.62
IL-DP-71 ADDISON 1.6 WNW
7.62
IN-LK-28 WHITING 0.5 W
7.61
BATI2 BATAVIA
7.60
IL-KN-4 SUGAR GROVE 0.7 NE
7.49
CTYI2 COAL CITY 4NNW
7.45
IL-WL-42 MOKENA 1.3 W
7.45
IL-GY-1 CARBON HILL 3.1 N
7.45
IL-KN-9 ELGIN 1.0 S
7.44
IN-JS-36 DE MOTTE 1.3 SW
7.43
PKFI2 PARK FOREST
7.40
IL-CK-51 ORLAND HILLS 0.6 S
7.39
IL-CK-82 BURNHAM-HEGEWISCH 1.6 NNW
7.37
LLLI3 LOWELL
7.35
IL-DP-45 WHEATON 1.8 SSW
7.34
IL-KN-51 SUGAR GROVE 1.4 ENE
7.24
IL-DP-38 ELMHURST 0.4 SW
7.22
IL-KN-12 BATAVIA 0.9 W
7.13
PRUI2 PERU
7.11
ELGI2 ELGIN
7.08
IL-DP-29 GLEN ELLYN 1.6 SSE
7.08
IL-CK-53 GLENCOE 0.1 NW
7.06
IL-DK-5 CORTLAND 0.3 SSW
7.00
LVGI3 LAKE VILLAGE
6.99
IL-KN-39 AURORA 3.4 W
6.94
IL-LS-11 MENDOTA 0.9 N
6.89
IN-LK-25 MUNSTER 0.8 SSE
6.86
IL-KK-7 KANKAKEE 4.5 WNW
6.78
SAAI2 ST ANNE
6.70
HRSI2 HERSCHER
6.69
IL-CK-117 CHICAGO 3.0 NW
6.68
IL-CK-41 HOFFMAN ESTATES 2.1 SE
6.66
IL-WL-27 PLAINFIELD 4.0 NNW
6.62
IL-LV-5 CORNELL 5.4 NNE
6.59
IL-CK-14 CHICAGO 5.5 ESE
6.59
MDWI2 MIDWAY 3SW
6.58
LNNI2 LA GRANGE
6.58
IL-CK-62 STICKNEY 1.2 W
6.56
IL-DP-32 LISLE 1.3 SE
6.50
DWNI2 DOWNERS GROVE
6.49
IL-DP-25 DOWNERS GROVE 0.7 S
6.49
IL-DP-24 LISLE 0.6 W
6.49
IL-KD-24 OSWEGO 5.0 SSE
6.48
IL-CK-50 PALOS PARK 1.3 SW
6.47
IL-CK-98 LA GRANGE PARK 0.7 SSW
6.46
IL-DP-30 LISLE 0.5 WSW
6.45
PMJI2 JOLIET
6.44
IL-DP-20 NAPERVILLE 3.2 ESE
6.44
BARI2 BARRINGTON
6.39
IL-WL-36 HOMER GLEN 3.9 WNW
6.35
IL-DP-14 WESTMONT 1.2 SSE
6.34
MUNI2 MUNDELEIN
6.31
IL-KD-5 MONTGOMERY 0.8 SSE
6.28
IL-DP-16 AURORA 3.6 SE
6.26
IL-KD-25 YORKVILLE 1.8 SSE
6.24
IL-WL-44 NAPERVILLE 3.6 SSW
6.22
IL-LK-19 WAUKEGAN 2.2 N
6.22
IL-LK-15 BANNOCKBURN 0.5 ESE
6.20
IL-DK-6 DE KALB 0.3 ENE
6.19
IL-CK-74 OAK PARK 1.3 NNE
6.19
IN-JS-11 WHEATFIELD 1.8 ENE
6.16
IL-DP-18 DOWNERS GROVE 2.1 SE
6.15
IL-DP-22 LISLE 1.3 NE
6.12
IL-LE-8 ASHTON 0.4 SSW
6.11
IL-KD-23 MONTGOMERY 1.7 SSE
6.07
IN-NW-3 KENTLAND 0.3 ENE
6.06
JKJI2 JOLIET 2N
6.05
SNWI2 STREAMWOOD
6.04
RCHI2 ROCHELLE
6.03
IL-LS-5 SENECA 1.5 SSW
6.00
IN-JS-31 DE MOTTE 5.9 S
6.00
PFDI2 PLAINFIELD
5.99
MHYI2 MCHENRY
5.97
IL-DK-2 DE KALB 0.8 SSW
5.97
IN-NW-1 MOUNT AYER 1.6 NNE
5.96
DEKI2 DE KALB
5.91
IL-KN-42 CARPENTERSVILLE 1.3 ESE
5.88
IL-LS-19 SANDWICH 2.0 SSW
5.88
IL-KD-12 YORKVILLE 1.1 W
5.87
IL-DK-1 DE KALB 1.4 W
5.85
IN-JS-9 RENSSELAER 5.3 WNW
5.85
IN-NW-6 KENTLAND 1.7 SSE
5.85
IL-CK-88 COUNTRYSIDE 0.8 ENE
5.84
MORI3 MOROCCO
5.82
LKZI2 LAKE ZURICH
5.82
IL-CK-61 OAK PARK 1.0 SW
5.81
IL-LK-11 LINCOLNSHIRE 0.9 N
5.80
IL-LV-6 PONTIAC 1.0 SE
5.77
IL-CK-95 COUNTRYSIDE 1.3 NNE
5.76
WODI2 WOODSTOCK 5NW
5.68
IL-LK-16 BUFFALO GROVE 1.5 N
5.68
YOIK2 YORKVILLE 2SE
5.67
IL-LE-7 NELSON 1.6 E
5.67
IL-LS-7 SHERIDAN 3.4 SSE
5.67
IL-KD-26 YORKVILLE 0.7 NE
5.65
IL-LV-4 CHENOA 3.9 NNW
5.64
IN-JS-1 WHEATFIELD 2.8 S
5.58
IL-CK-32 CHICAGO 6.4 NNE
5.57
IL-KD-9 LISBON 4.4 NE
5.55
IL-CK-122 CHICAGO 6.65 NE
5.52
IL-DK-4 GENOA 1.7 N
5.50
OKKI2 OAK BROOK
5.46
IL-MCH-24 HUNTLEY 4.3 W
5.44
IL-DK-9 DE KALB 3.2 WNW
5.43
MDTI2 MENDOTA
5.40
IL-FD-3 PIPER CITY 0.2 ESE
5.32
IL-WL-16 HOMER GLEN 0.8 ENE
5.31
IL-MCH-16 CARY 1.9 NE
5.22
FRBI2 FAIRBURY
5.20
IL-LK-28 ROUND LAKE 2.0 S
5.18
CHTI2 CHATSWORTH
5.17
IL-LV-7 CHATSWORTH 0.4 ESE
5.17
IL-LK-27 LIBERTYVILLE 0.8 SSW
5.17
IL-LS-12 PERU 0.6 SW
5.03
PIPI2 PIPER CITY
5.03
IL-CK-97 CHICAGO 6.8 NNE
4.94
PXNI2 PAXTON
4.94
IL-LK-8 GURNEE 2.5 NE
4.67
IL-MCH-13 BULL VALLEY 2.5 WNW
4.64
IL-LE-5 STERLING 4.3 NE
4.52
IL-LK-3 BEACH PARK 1.4 W
4.49
IL-LE-10 DIXON 3.0 NNW
4.47
IL-LS-1 OTTAWA 1.3 NW
4.37
IL-LS-17 OTTAWA 1.6 N
4.35
OTTI2 OTTAWA
4.27
IL-OG-3 POLO 0.4 WSW
3.93
IL-LK-9 LAKE VILLA 1.1 SSW
3.88
IL-MCH-30 WONDER LAKE 0.8 WNW
3.82
IL-WN-10 NEW MILFORD 3.3 W
3.75
IL-LK-35 WINTHROP HARBOR 0.4 N
3.73
IN-JS-23 REMINGTON 0.3 SSE
3.71
SGVI2 SPRING GROVE 2N
3.60
RMGI3 REMINGTON
3.56
RFD CHICAGO ROCKFORD INTL AIRPORT
3.07
ROFI2 ROCKFORD 4NW
2.85
IL-WN-8 ROCKFORD 0.7 NW
2.69
IL-BN-4 POPLAR GROVE 3.2 SW
2.59
RSCI2 ROSCOE 2 SE
2.55
IL-WN-19 ROCKTON 1.0 ESE
2.55
IL-WN-2 ROSCOE 1.6 ESE
2.55
IL-WN-6 SOUTH BELOIT 1.9 SE
2.54
IL-WN-3 MACHESNEY PARK 3.1 ENE
2.48
HVDI2 HARVARD
2.44
 

A tropical air mass set up across northern Illinois and northwest Indiana which led to a large portion of the region ending up with substantial flooding. The heaviest rain began early on Saturday the 13th and lasted through most of the day, with a brief period in the evening where rain finally ceased. Rainfall amounts were generally in the 4 to 8 inch range across the hardest hit areas, which spans across most of northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana. Numerous streets and highways have shut down because of the heavy rain along with basement flooding. The large swath of heavy rain has also caused most rivers in the region to climb into flood stage, with major to record flooding forecast on some rivers. Additionally, the 6.64 inches of rain that fell at O’Hare International Airport on the 13th established a new all time record calendar day rainfall for Chicago at that time, where records date back to 1871. (This record was surpassed in 2011)  The following is a map plotting out all of the Flood or Flash Flood reports received by the National Weather Service in Romeoville from Saturday morning through Saturday evening as well as the radar estimate of the event from Friday evening (when rainfall was light) through Sunday morning.

Flood Reports from September 13th/14th

For flooding photos from this event, see here.


Record River Crests for Select Locations in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana

The following is a list of record crest data for select river locations that were set during this event.  Note these sites may have reached higher stages after this event. To get more information on each data point, go to our Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) webpage.

Location Flood Stage Crest (ft) Remarks
LITTLE CALUMET RIVER  
Munster 12 17.31  9/14/2008  
South Holland 16.5 20.50  11/28/1990  
   
DES PLAINES RIVER  
Des Plaines 5 10.88  10/1/1986  
Riverside 7 9.90    8/15/1987  
   
FOX RIVER  
Dayton 12 36.47  1/25/1960  
   
ILLINOIS RIVER  
Morris 16 24.84  9/16/2008  
LaSalle 20

33.79  9/16/2008

 
   
KANKAKEE RIVER  
Shelby 9 12.98   3/24/1982

 

Momence 5 10.51   3/6/1979  
Wilmington 6.5 13.88   1/30/1968  
   
VERMILION RIVER  
Leonore 16 27.13  12/4/1982  

 

 



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