Unique measures taken to prevent flooding on Kankakee River

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Heavy rains are expected to begin in Chicagoland tonight and, coupled with the melting snow, the concern for area flooding is beginning to rise.

The ice on the Kankakee River is between 12 and 18 inches thick in some spots, thick enough to create ice jams and bad flooding. Today, will county officials took a dramatic -even revolutionary- step to prevent that.
Two pipes siphon warm water out of the cooling pond at the Dresden Nuclear Power Plant and straight under  that ice.  It’s enough to avert a disaster because the potential exists for the worst ice jams this area’s seen in 30 years.
The severity of this winter, the amount of snow that fell and  the thickness of the river ice put some Will County homes in imminent peril.

Homeowners have already been warned. Some  who live in the area say they’re already making plans to move valuables to higher ground, just in case. Their hope, of course, is that it doesn’t come to that.

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