Critical Flood Alert: Kankakee River Ice Jam Near I-55 Poses Weekend Hazard

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Wilmington, IL – The Kankakee River is under a critical flood alert due to a significant ice jam located at the I-55 bridge, posing serious threats for the coming weekend. 

Emergency management officials reported a swift rise in water levels to 15.5 feet east of I-55 late Friday, triggering a Flash Flood Warning that will remain in effect into Saturday morning. The situation escalated quickly, with North River Road being shut down amid concerns of water and ice encroachment.

According to authorities, the existing ice jam could shift and break apart without warning, potentially leading to life-threatening conditions downstream towards the Illinois River. The current forecast predicts a sharp increase in water flow, which could inundate roadways and properties along the riverbanks. 

Residents in the affected areas, particularly those near and downstream of the I-55 bridge, are urged to stay vigilant and be ready to act quickly to protect life and property. With the weekend upon us, the community is advised to stay informed through local news and emergency broadcasts, adhere to any evacuation orders, and avoid traveling near the river until the alert is lifted.

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