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Chicago Riverwalk floods as heavy rains soak city, suburbs

Heavy rains flooded the Chicago Riverwalk on Saturday. | John O'Neill/Sun-Times

The Chicago River overflowed its downtown banks to submerge most of the popular Chicago Riverwalk as persistent, heavy rains pelted the area on Saturday

Chicago Police taped off several entryways from Franklin Street all the way east to the lake as the city’s iconically greenish river spilled over most of the scenic walkway.

The Chicago Riverwalk’s floating gardens got a workout on Saturday as the river overflowed due to heavy rain. | John O’Neill/Sun-Times

It was the result of about 18 hours of nearly nonstop rain across the Chicago area, according to the National Weather Service.

The western suburbs took the brunt of the rainfall, with Burr Ridge getting 9.3 inches between Saturday and Sunday, the weather service reported Sunday. Most other areas saw at least 4 inches.

O’Hare Airport got 4.19 inches of rain on Saturday, a record for Oct. 14. Midway got 5.41 inches of rain.

A cold front will move into the area Sunday. High temperatures are expected to rise throughout the week. Monday’s high is expected to be around 60 degrees, rising to around 70 by Thursday, the weather service said.

Heavy rains flooded the Chicago Riverwalk on Saturday. | John O’Neill/Sun-Times

Heavy rains flooded the Chicago Riverwalk on Saturday. | John O’Neill/Sun-Times