Ice jam breakups along Kankakee River causing flooding, evacuations

WILMINGTON, Ill. — An ice jam is breaking up along the Kankakee River in northeastern Illinois, releasing backed up water and forcing evacuations.

The National Weather Service on Wednesday morning issued a flash flood warning for parts of Grundy and Will counties, blaming the rapid breakup of ice stretching for miles on the River.

Will County Emergency Management, Will County Sheriffs and several emergency area agencies are now on hand in the evacuation area of Phelan Acres in Wilmington.  Area residents are being advised to leave their homes until the rising water and ice move through.  Utilities in the area are being monitored closely.  Residents are being warned they should plan to be out of their homes for at least a few days. Once water recedes utilities will have to be restored and checked.

The weather service says low-lying areas near Channahon, Coal City, Diamond and Minooka also would be affected, including Channahon State Park about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of downtown Chicago.

The weather service said multiple roadways were flooded and closed.

Residents along the river have been dealing with home damage and flooding. For residents looking for updated information, call hotline: 815-724-1617

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