Kankakee Ice Gorge

Good morning everyone,

I just got word from the USACE that the 10 mile ice gorge on the Kankakee has just broke free and is heading south into the Illinois River above Dresden Island Lock. The lock crew members are out on the dam now opening up the gates needed to release the water and ice. Once I hear back from the lock master I will let everyone know how much gate is being open. Please let all of your vessels know down stream that it is coming and prepare for large ice flows and high water. We highly recommend that all southbound tows stay north of the mouth of the Kankakee until it is safe to transit. I will send out any updates when I get it and will try to have more information for the 1000 call.