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Chicago seeks aid after worst rain in at least 137 years

Illinois, USA
CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- Chicago authorities asked Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to issue a disaster declaration after rainfall Saturday in the Windy City broke a single-day record that had stood for more than two decades. View Slideshow

The deluge flooded streets and stranded residents in their homes. Officials worked to rescue people Sunday as the city grappled with another day of drenching.

O'Hare International Airport recorded 6.64 inches of rain Saturday -- breaking the all-time record of 6.49 inches set in 1987, according to the National Weather Service. Records have been kept since 1871.

By 4:30 a.m. CT on Sunday, emergency management and law enforcement officials were reporting widespread flooding across much of northern Illinois and extreme northwest Indiana, with rainfall totals of 4 to 7 inches in certain areas, the weather service said.

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INDIANA - In South Bend, heavy rain impacted the area during the day on Saturday. Not only did this create widespread flooding, but it also DEMOLISHED EVERY RECORD IN THE BOOK. Wettest Day Ever - As of Saturday evening, the rainfall total in South Bend was an amazing 6.43". This is a new record for the most rain in one day, and it's not even close. The old record was 4.69", which was set on June 25, 1968. Wettest September Ever - Because of the daily rainfall of 6.43", the monthly total is now 9.43". This is now the wettest September on record, and we're only halfway through the month. The old record was 9.01" set in 1977. Wettest Month of All-Time? - Because there is more rain on the way, it is very possible that this month will break the record for the all-time wettest for any month. The current record is 10.86" set in June 1993. This month has replaced September 1977 as the wettest September on record

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