Spring-like temperatures come with flooding concerns

January 31, 2019

First, the good news.

The polar vortex which brought record cold to the region is heading back north, hopefully, for a very long time.

Temperatures are forecast to climb into the 40s by the weekend. But rising temperatures come with predictions of 2 to 4 inches of snow tonight.

Both Accuweather and Weather Underground is forecasting highs for Monday reaching the mid-50s with a chance of rain.

The quick rise in temperatures and resulting melting snow are a concern for people living along and near the Kankakee River between Shelby, Ind., and Wilmington.

That portion of the river has been under a flood warning since last weekend when ice jams formed causing mild to moderate flooding.

Kankakee County Emergency Operations Chief Chad Gessner said they still are monitoring the Kankakee River.

“The concern is the 90-degree temperature change this weekend and its effect on the river, Gessner told the Daily Journal today.

“We have a meeting today with local officials to review emergency plans so we are being proactive towards the weekend’s thaw.”

There is a supply of sandbags available at Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department located south of Kankakee of U.S. Route 45/52.

Gessner said to call 815-802-7107 during business hours to make arrangements for pick up.

Firefighters from Bourbonnais, Bradley, Limestone and Manteno responded to small fires on two levels at Nucor Steel in Bourbonnais Township last night, according to Bourbonnais Chief Ed St. Louis.

Dry chemical extinguishers were used to put out the fires because of close proximity to electric service, St. Louis said.

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