Brookfield Zoo Reopens: Zoo Open After Closing For Only 3rd Time In History Over Flooding

04/20/2013 12:37 pm ET | Updated Apr 20, 2013
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The Brookfield Zoo reopened its doors on Saturday after closing for only the third time ever due to massive flooding.

The zoo announced Friday that it will be open with free admission for reduced hours on Saturday -- from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- though some animal exhibits will remain closed. The zoo will be back to regular hours on Sunday.

The zoo also warned that many Brookfield-area roads remain closed, and offered tips on an accessible route on its Facebook page.

The zoo was closed on both Thursday and Friday after more than five inches of rain were dumped on the Chicago area, leaving the zoo's entrance looking like this:

brookfield zoo opens after flood

The zoo also said its Party for the Planet Earth Day celebration will be held as planned on Sunday.

Chicago Flood 2013

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