Wilmington, IL – The Kankakee River near Wilmington has experienced a dramatic surge, rising 5 feet within a 24-hour period, largely due to ice jams.
As of 5:45 AM CST, the water level stood at 9.89 feet, perilously close to the 10-foot mark indicating Major Flood Stage, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This significant rise has triggered a flood warning for the surrounding areas, highlighting the immediate risks posed by the current ice jam situation.
The NOAA graph detailing the river’s rapid ascent underscores the severity of the scenario facing the local communities. Emergency management teams have been monitoring the situation closely, as ice jams can lead to unpredictable and sudden changes in water levels.
The public is advised to stay informed and to follow any evacuation orders or safety instructions issued by local authorities. The ongoing flood warning calls for heightened vigilance and preparedness from residents along the Kankakee River, as conditions may evolve rapidly, potentially leading to further flooding and safety hazards in the region.