04/18/2013 06:03 pm ET | Updated Apr 19, 2013

Chicago Flood 2013 Photos: A Look At Chicagoland Under Water (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

It took five-and-a-half inches of rain from a powerful overnight storm to flood Chicago by early morning — and snarl commutes, drench basements and swallow cars into flood-related sinkholes along the way.

Particularly on Chicago's North Side, flooding was so severe the city opened locks on the Chicago River and temporarily reversed the water's flow around mid-day.

Windy (and wet) Citizens aren't in the clear yet: According to the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the metro area remains under various watches and warnings ranging from heavy rain from high winds to flash flooding through Friday.

Chicago Flood 2013