Wilmington, IL Records Third-Highest Kankakee River Level at 15.62 Feet Since 1887


Share post:

Wilmington, IL – The Will County Emergency Management Agency has reported a significant drop in the Kankakee River’s water levels, following the breakup of ice jams. After enduring the highest water levels in 137 years, the area is now moving towards recovery.

According to Will County EMA, the ice jam, which began during the arctic temperatures around January 15, broke early this weekend as warmer temperatures arrived. The river’s water levels peaked at 15.62 feet on Friday, the third-highest in recorded history and the highest since 1887. The recent flash flood warnings have now expired, signaling an improvement in conditions.

Will County EMA Director Allison Anderson emphasized the ongoing caution, noting that minor flooding might still occur due to remaining ice. Meanwhile, Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant praised the community’s response during this crisis. Major roads have reopened, but North and South Island parks in Wilmington remain closed, and a boil order is in effect for the city’s water service.

Efforts to assess and repair damage to property and infrastructure are underway. Residents and businesses affected can report damages through a survey launched by Will County EMA, aiding the damage assessment process.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related articles

Bradley, IL – Bradley Public Library Seeks Teen Volunteers for Prom Event

Bradley, IL - Bradley Public Library is making a final call for teenage volunteers to help with their...

Bourbonnais, IL – Residents Have Until Friday to Vote Online on Riverfront Park’s First Update in 20 Years

Bourbonnais, IL – The Village of Bourbonnais is calling on residents to help reimagine Riverfront Park, which has not...

Illinois State Trooper’s Squad Car Hit on I-64: 10th Move Over Law Crash of 2024 in East St. Louis

East St. Louis, IL - An Illinois State Police (ISP) trooper's vehicle was struck by a motorist on...

Tinley Park, IL – Seniors Partner with Law Enforcement for S.A.L.T. Meeting

Tinley Park, IL - Seniors in Tinley Park will have the opportunity to engage with law enforcement and...