Wilmington, IL – In a remarkable overnight development, the Kankakee River near Wilmington saw a significant drop in water levels, indicating an alleviation of ice jam concerns that recently prompted flood warnings.
According to the latest updates, the river’s stage plummeted from a historic high to markedly safer levels. The National Weather Service (NWS) Chicago, the observation at the Interstate 55 gauge on Friday evening reached an unprecedented peak of 15.62 feet. By Saturday morning at 8:45 AM, the level had fallen to 7.14 feet, signaling that the ice jams are indeed dissipating.
While the Flash Flood Warning has been lifted, the Flood Watch and Flood Warnings continue to be in effect as of this announcement. Local emergency management agencies remain vigilant, monitoring the river’s status and ready to issue updates as necessary.