Kankakee River Update

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River receding, flood watch and flood warning in effect

Kankakee River Update – 1/27/2024*

A significant reduction in water levels has been reported on the Kankakee River, as most ice jams have cleared between the City of Wilmington and the Des Plaines River confluence. Water levels were recorded at 6.89 feet at 10:45 AM on Saturday, January 27.

The National Weather Service has expired the Flash Flood Warning, but the Flood Watch and Flood Warnings remain in effect until 12 PM on January 29. Will County EMA and local officials continue to monitor river conditions. Residents are still advised that river conditions can change rapidly.

All major roads have been reopened. The North and South Island parks in the City of Wilmington remain closed. Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Wilmington has issued a Boil Order for all persons serviced by the City’s water service until further notice. Any water used for drinking or cooking should be boiled for five minutes before use.

The emergency shelter established at First Christian Church in Morris will be standing down today. Anyone in need of emergency shelter due to flooding should call Will County EMA at 815-740-0911.

Will County EMA will be releasing resources for residents to self-report damage. This will help information-gathering as EMA and local officials accelerate recovery efforts.

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