CHICAGO (Reuters) - In the wake of an historic blizzard that shut down Chicago's lakefront highway, Illinois' senators asked federal officials on Sunday to discuss ways to better protect the city's shoreline.
"This week's storms showed that the proximity of Lake Shore Drive to Lake Michigan can stop even the hardiest Chicagoans," wrote Illinois senators, Democrat Richard Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk, in a joint letter to the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Lake Shore Drive, a major north-south artery that runs through the city, was closed for more than 30 hours due to last week's blizzard. Hundreds of cars were stranded for hours, as high winds and waist-high drifts prevented travel.
Kirk and Durbin asked federal officials to consider the impact waves could have had if Lake Michigan's water level had not been at an historic low during the storm and to examine how to strengthen "several weak spots" in the shoreline's protections against future storms.
(Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Jerry Norton)