The heavy storms that went through the area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning dumping a huge amount of water in many suburbs caused widespread road closures and flooding. Area fire departments were called to help motorists stranded in standing water as well as residents that could not leave their homes.

The Buffalo Grove Fire Department¬†requested a MABAS Box Alarm from within divisions 1 and 4 for swift water rescue techs and boats to help residents on St. Mary’s Parkway between Raupp Boulevard and Lincoln Terrace. Long Grove, Prospect Heights, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Libertyville and Mount Prospect responded with techs and boats in addition to techs from a handful of other neighboring departments.

Larry Shapiro submitted images and a video (forthcoming) from the Buffalo Grove incident.

Buffalo Grove Fire Department water rescues

St. Marys parkway as seen west of Raupp Boulevard. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department water rescues

Firefighters carry an inflatable boat for use in the evacuations. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department water rescues

High water in this neighborhood prompted the fire department to request help with evacuationg residents. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department water rescues

Another resident is helped from his home. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department water rescues

A resident requires medical assistance after being assisted from his home in Buffalo Grove. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department water rescues

Libertyville responded with swift water techs and a boat. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department

New Buffalo Grove Medtec ambulance. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department water rescues

Buffalo Grove firefighters evacuate a resident and her pets. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department water rescues

Buffalo Grove firefighters assist a resident that has been evacuated. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department water rescues

Residents are evacuated from they home. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department water rescues

The rain continued sporadically throughout the evacuations. Larry Shapiro photo

Buffalo Grove Fire Department water rescues

A firefighter undergoes decon. Larry Shapiro photo

A gallery with more images can be viewed HERE.