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Will County EMA Issues Update on Kankakee River Conditions
Mike Theodore

Will County EMA Issues Update on Kankakee River Conditions

The Will County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is advising residents along the Kankakee River of flash flood conditions throughout the week due to ice jams on the river. Flash Flooding has been occurring in unincorporated Will County along the river since the morning of January 15.

“Our agency has been working with local agencies to support evacuation of residents who are in need of assistance in the impacted areas,” said Will County EMA Director Allison Anderson. “River conditions will be unpredictable throughout the week, and we are advising residents along the river to be prepared for rapidly changing conditions. Please do not hesitate to contact emergency officials if you need support with evacuating your property.”

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the affected area. Freezing temperatures, which cause ice jams to occur, are expected until at least Monday, January 22 when temperatures are expected to rise above freezing. Residents along the Kankakee River should take immediate precautions and dial 9-1-1 for evacuation assistance.

The following areas are currently impacted by flash flooding:

  • Phelan Acres Subdivision
  • Cottage Road
  • Kelly & Phillips Road
  • Whalen Place
  • Blodgett Road
  • Macintosh Acres (Grundy County)

During this time, rapidly changing river conditions are expected. Residents should remain alert and remain off the river as ice weakens and melts during this period.

“The safety of our residents is always our number one priority, so we are urging residents to take precautions during these challenging weather conditions,” said Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Will County EMA will continue coordinating with local and state agencies throughout the week, including Wilmington Fire Department, Wilmington Police Department, Will County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington ESDA, Wilmington School District, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

For any resident wanting to receive real-time emergency alerts, please visit www.willcountyema.org/signup


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