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NWS issues flood warning for portion of Kankakee River

January 27, 2019

The National Weather Service in Chicago issued a flood warning due to an ice jam on the Kankakee River in the southeastern portion of Kankakee County until 4:45 p.m. Sunday.

At 4:43 p.m. Saturday, emergency management officials reported flooding with an ice jam between Aroma Park and Illinois Route 17 near Sun River Terrace.

“The river is on the rise. It looks like there is an ice jam near Aroma Park,” said Kankakee County Sheriff Chief of Emergency Operations Chad Gessner.

“It will obviously get worse due to the freezing temperatures coming. It’s in back yards now along River Road.”

Momence, Aroma Park and Sun River Terrace are among areas that may experience flooding, according to a statement posted by the NWS.

Remember, if you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find an alternate route.

River levels may fluctuate rapidly due to ice with little or no warning.

Residents in low lying flood prone areas should remain alert of possible flooding due to ice jams.

Ice jam flooding can be very localized and not affect all locations on the river as in typical river flood.

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