Mayor's Statement on Flooding in the Area


February 22, 2018

                                               STATEMENT ON FLOODING FROM MAYOR CHASITY WELLS-ARMSTRONG

KANKAKEE – Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong has released the following statement regarding flooding in the area.

“We support those residents who are impacted by the flooding across Kankakee and Iroquois Counties and within the City of Kankakee. The City is working closely with the Sheriff’s Department which has sand bags available for those in need. The City will continue to work with the Sheriff’s Office and local agencies to direct resources to residents.

My office has been in contact with Rep. Lindsey Parkhurst’s office to coordinate efforts, as well as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. The situation has not reached a level that warrants the services of the Red Cross, but they are closely monitoring the situation and are prepared to step in should the situation demand it.

The Salvation Army is prepared to offer emergency housing on a case by case basis for families displaced from their homes. If you are in need of immediate shelter, please contact my office and we will assist in coordinating shelter with the Salvation Army.

The Kankakee Fire Department water rescue boat participated in a coordinated effort with other local fire departments and ComEd today in the Aroma Park area to ensure no one was trapped in their homes and to disconnect power in dangerous situations.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates on available services and street closures as that information becomes available.”

A list of City streets currently closed or impacted by flooding follows. For more information, contact Elisabeth Dunbar, Director of Communications & Community Relations 815-549-6467.

  • Cobb Boulevard is closed beginning at Chicago Avenue going south until the end of Cobb Park
  • Cobb Boulevard is closed at Beckman Park in front of the boat harbor
  • Water Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues is closed
  • The south end of the alley along Legion Park, in the 500 block of South 5th Avenue is closed