CHICAGO (MCT) — Rain-swollen rivers and creeks forced hundreds of voluntary evacuations across the Chicago region on Sunday, damaged homes and at least one architectural landmark, left two Indiana men drowned in a drainage ditch, and triggered emergency declarations in half a dozen Illinois communities and all of Cook County.

Fire officials in Chesterton, Ind., near Indiana Dunes State Park, confirmed Sunday that two men there died after apparently drowning in a flooded drainage ditch, but they could not provide details.

Evacuations were carried out on Sunday in Des Plaines and Riverside along the Des Plaines River, the Albany Park neighborhood along the Chicago River, in north suburban Glenview along the west fork of the north branch of the Chicago River, and in west suburban Addison along Salt Creek.

"I have never seen flooding like this," said Albany Park resident Babu Daniel, as he walked through his neighborhood in water up to his knees.