Nuclear Plant’s Warm Siphon Deployed Against Kankakee River Ice Jams


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Wilmington, IL – The Will County Emergency Management Agency, in collaboration with Constellation Energy, has activated a warm water siphon from the Dresden Nuclear Power Plant’s cooling lake to address the severe ice jams on the Kankakee River. 

This measure, implemented early on January 17th, is intended to assist in melting the ice that has significantly raised the river levels, leading to widespread flooding and the closure of the North and South Islands.

Residents are cautioned that despite this intervention, sub-zero temperatures are forecasted to persist until at least January 22nd, potentially causing further ice jam formations. Those living in proximity to the river are urged to remain vigilant and contact emergency services for evacuation help if needed. 

The siphon’s operation is part of a strategic response to the flood risks exacerbated by the ice jams, though its effectiveness in preventing flooding is limited and cannot be relied upon exclusively for protection. The community is encouraged to stay informed of updates and follow all safety directives issued by local authorities.


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