26 February 2018

Office of the Mayor
Chasity Wells-Armstrong

For Immediate Release                                             Contact: Mayor's Office
26 February 2018                                                          815.933.0500



KANKAKEE – Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong has released the following statement regarding measures that have been established to assist flood victims.

“I met with the City Department Heads to address the status of the community and coordination efforts that need to be made to assist residents in the coming weeks.  The DPW has started removing barricades and cleaning debris from the right of ways.  Their efforts will continue over the next several days.  Although the IDOT opened the Washington Avenue bridge, an IDOT Bridge Engineer will conduct a more thorough inspection once the water recedes.

The Kankakee Valley Park District will continue to collect cleaning supplies this week at the Bird Park location from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  A schedule for distribution of supplies will be provided in the coming days.  Efforts to coordinate between the DPW and Republic Allied has occurred and dumpsters will be made available and distributed throughout the areas impacted by flooding.  Dumpster site locations include:  Bird Park, Jeffers Park, Beckman Park, Rec Center, and the Goselin Building in Aroma Park. 

Anyone impacted by the flood may contact the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office’s website or Facebook page to electronically submit a damage assessment form. 

I am pleased to report the City responded appropriately as directed by the Emergency Management Coordinator.  There were no injuries or loss of life.  The KRMA Superintendent reported the waste water was properly processed and there were no sanitary sewer issues.   

The City will continue to monitor structures for public safety and support the Emergency Management Team.

For more information, contact the Mayor's office at 815-933-0500.