Flood Watch Continues for Kankakee River in Kankakee County, Illinois

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Kankakee, IL – Residents in Kankakee County are on alert as the National Weather Service Chicago continues its flood watch for the Kankakee River at Momence. According to the latest update, there’s potential for flooding along the river, impacting areas from the Illinois-Indiana state line down to the confluence with the Iroquois River at Aroma Park.

The watch, issued on January 22 at 8:32 PM CST, highlights the ongoing risk due to an ice jam near Kankakee extending to Sun River Terrace. As of 7:45 PM CST Monday, the river stage was at 4.0 feet, just below the flood stage of 5.0 feet. While emergency management noted a decrease in water levels in some regions, the threat remains due to the possibility of shifting or breaking ice.

Residents are advised to stay informed and prepared for possible flooding, especially in low-lying wetlands, forest lands, park areas, and agricultural lands along the river. Roadways near the river may also be at risk of flooding. The situation is being closely monitored, and updates can be found on the National Weather Service’s website at www.weather.gov/safety/flood.

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