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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Kankakee River near Wilmington are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 10
Moderate Flood Stage: 8
Flood Stage: 6.5
Action Stage: 5
Low Stage (in feet): 1

Historic Crests
(1) 16.70 ft on 01/01/1887
(2) 16.70 ft on 01/01/1883
(3) 13.88 ft on 01/30/1968
(4) 13.18 ft on 02/05/2019
(5) 12.83 ft on 02/25/1985
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 9.07 ft on 05/18/2020
(2) 6.29 ft on 04/30/2020
(3) 6.30 ft on 01/12/2020
(4) 8.31 ft on 05/02/2019
(5) 13.18 ft on 02/05/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.50 ft on 08/07/1988
(2) 0.63 ft on 07/17/2012
(3) 0.65 ft on 09/13/1999
(4) 0.67 ft on 09/05/2000
(5) 0.68 ft on 07/14/2005
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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14 IL-113 threatened west of Kankakee near Limestone.
13 Kankakee Community College threatened. Numerous residences threatened on the south side of the river near downtown Kankakee.
12 Residences threatened near Potawatamie Trail and Hawkins Drive west of Kankakee. Riverside Hospital property threatened in Kankakee.
11.5 Washington Avenue/McMullen Drive threatened in downtown Kankakee. Bradley Water Treatment Plant property threatened.
10.5 Residences threatened along River Street in downtown Kankakee. Numerous residences threatened along Cobb Boulevard in eastern Kankakee.
10 Water treatment plant off Cobb Boulevard in Kankakee is threatened.
9.5 Kennedy Drive threatened near the river and Court Street in Kankakee.
9 Structures threatened along Water Street near Jeffers Park in Kankakee. Residences threatened near the confluence of the Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers in Aroma Park.
7.5 South Island Park in Wilmington partially flooded.
7 Backyards of some houses downstream of Wilmington begin to flood. Low-lying sections of Bird Park and Jeffers Park inundated in Kankakee.
5 Minor lowland flooding begins in areas immediately adjacent to the river.
(1) Looking downstream at I-55 bridge from gage. Stage 1.49 feet.
(2) Looking upstream across the river from gage. Stage 1.49 feet.
(3) Freeze-up jam at I-55 bridge near gage. Feb 2007.
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-0.5 Water supply intakes at Wilmington Water Treatment Plant may be threatened. Water supply for the city of Wilmington can be supplemented by groundwater sources.
0.0 River nears zero flow.
1.0 Approximate stage of the 1-in-10 annual chance flow (7-day average).

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