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Rain at last

Above: An umbrellaed pedestrian walks along Torrence Avenue in the Sunday afternoon rain. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

LANSING, Ill. (July 2, 2023) – After a dry June that saw half the normal amount of rain, and days of forecasted storms that didn’t materialize, Lansing finally received hours of steady showers on Sunday, July 2.

Pre-dawn showers left raindrops on the maple trees along 186th Street near TF South. Rains began again around 9 a.m. Sunday and kept up for nearly four hours, returning again in late afternoon for another several hours of steady downpour. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
By 1 p.m., the water retention area along State Line Avenue was filled with rain. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Top photo: Saturday morning, July 1, North Creek was showing the effects of a dry June.
Bottom photo: By 5 p.m. Sunday, the creek had swelled to normal levels. (Photos: Melanie Jongsma)
At times the showers increased to downpours, and water gushed out of downspouts and gutters, including this roof drain at Freedom Church. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
At the corner of 180th and Wildwood, neighbors woke up to find a giant tree had snapped in half and landed on the power lines. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Rain caused minor flooding of 80-94 and slowed Sunday afternoon traffic. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Puddles filled the gravel parking lot at Thornton-Lansing Road and Stony Island. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
A field of thirsty soybeans on the north end of Lansing soaked up the morning rain. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Rain eased for a few hours Sunday afternoon, but restarted around 4 p.m., filling curbs and stormwater drains. At 4:30 p.m. the National Weather Service issued an Areal Flood Advisory for Lansing that remained in effect until 6:30 p.m. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Seagulls enjoyed the sea-like conditions in the retention area behind the Landings shopping center. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Just north of Lansing, the Calumet City water tower smiled through the storms. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Lansing received more than 3 inches of rain throughout the day on Sunday, almost double what the village had received throughout the entire month of June (1.71 inches).

Monday’s forecast includes clouds and humidity, but no rain.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. The storm sewers on Greenbay Avenue have a difficult time and are slow to drain particularly at the NE corner of Illinois and Greenbay. The rain does not drain and flows heavily south towards Ann Street and TF South.

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