800 South Wacker Drive

The River City Condominium Complex

On Friday, July 23rd, 2010, it began to rain in the Chicago area. Over the course of the next 24 hours, flooding would force thousands of people from their homes prompting officials in eleven suburban towns to declare a state of emergency caused by water that reached as high as twelve feet in some areas.

More than 7 inches of rain fell in the Chicago area — far from the record 17.1 inches that fell in August of 1987 — but still plenty enough to wreak havoc among commuters. Water covered highways and commuter train tracks causing officials to divert traffic and call in buses to shuttle train passengers around flooded areas. Motorists became trapped in their cars, some needing to be rescued by fire and emergency crews in boats.