Across a waterlogged Chicago region, the rain eased for the first time in more than two days on Sunday, and forecasters predicted several days of drier weather ahead.
For Des Plaines Mayor Tony Arredia, any optimism that news brought was overshadowed by the prospect of hard work ahead for his flood-ravaged city.
"The cleanup will be just as tiring as waiting for the flood," Arredia said Sunday in City Hall. "What people really need now is support."
The word from the National Weather Service in Romeoville was the first good news some had heard in days in the wake of Chicago's record rain.
"The rain is now coming to an end," National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Mott said Sunday about 5:30 p.m. "And it's supposed to be dry all week."
But according to WGN-TV chief meteorologist Tom Skilling, showers are still possible Monday morning, especially near Lake Michigan.