Chicago, IL – The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a flash flood warning following an imminent ice jam break on the Kankakee River near Wilmington. This warning, effective until 9:15 AM CST Saturday, specifically targets east central Grundy County and southwestern Will County in northeastern Illinois.
According to emergency management, the breakup of an ice jam near Wilmington, expected soon, poses a serious flash flooding threat downstream. The situation, evolving since 9:29 AM CST today, could potentially lead to the flooding of structures and additional roadways, while dangerous ice flows may cause structural damage along the riverbank.
As the ice jam breakup progresses, a flood wave is anticipated to move down the Kankakee River, reaching from Wilmington to Phelan Acres. The public is urged to heed this flash flood warning seriously, as rapid-onset flooding is imminent. Those residing along the lower Kankakee River should take immediate action to safeguard lives and properties.