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Flood strands motorists headed to O'Hare Airport

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:46 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – A massive backup caused by standing water on the expressway into O'Hare International Airport prompted some desperate travelers to get out of cars and walk with luggage in tow.

The flooding from overnight storms forced authorities to shut all but a single lane on Interstate 190 as it passes underneath Mannheim Road around a mile from O'Hare's domestic terminals.

Vehicles could only pass one at a time.

Traveler Jami Cloud tells WMAQ-TV that after two hours stuck in a cab there was no other option but to walk.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says a pumping station channeling storm runoff into the Des Plaines River failed. The agency thinks a construction project also contributed to the water buildup.

Snow plows pushed remaining water off the roadway, and all lanes reopened.

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