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Kankakee River reaches near-record water levels, officials say

Several households in Wilmington area have self-evacuated

Officials with the city of Wilmington and the Will County Emergency Management Agency still were monitoring possible flooding along the Kankakee River Monday.

Last week, the city advised residents to be prepared for flooding because a 7-mile ice jam had formed on the river, stretching east and west of Interstate 55. Officials were worried warming temperatures over the weekend and throughout this week could cause flooding.

Harold Damron, the director of the Will County EMA, said a few homes had already self-evacuated, although some aren’t occupied year-round.

“It’s certainly a situation that can change as the ice jam tries to either break up or pushes its way downstream,” Damron said.

Damron said when they checked the gauge last week, the river had risen nearly as high as he had ever seen it. But the water level had decreased since then, and there had been no additional households in need of evacuation as of Monday morning.

He said they will continue to monitor the situation as it could change “for better or worse.”

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