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.