Ice jams in Kankakee River causing major concerns

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Residents in Kankakee County are dealing with the worst ice jams they have seen in the Kankakee River in more than 30 years.

Sunday, dozens of people stopped by the Warner Bridge to snap pictures of the dramatic logs of ice, clogging the river.

By Sunday night, county officials temporarily closed the bridge as a safety precaution. The main concern is flooding.

“The ice is so high now, it’s at the bridge level,” said Manteno Fire Chief Scott O’Brien. “If it moves or shifts, it could possibly come on to the roadway. We’re concerned with people looking at it.”

Kankakee county officials say they checked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and there’s little they can do to get the water moving.

In Will County last week, crews pumped warm water from a nuclear plant to melt ice chunks.

But frozen floodwaters are still causing problems near Channahon and Wilmington.

Several people were asked to leave their homes.

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