UPDATE: Rising temperatures and more snow add to Kankakee River ice dams.
by A.J.W. Ewers
Recent snowfall and fluctuating temperatures have influenced the ice dam responsible for the Warner Bridge closure Feb.23, causing area residents to begin to question their safety.
The ice dam’s level has visibly decreased over the week since the bridge’s closure. Ice floes no longer abut the bottom of Warner Bridge. Ice floes against the bottom of the bridge were the original reason for the bridge closing because of the structural danger they brought.
The falling of the ice also raises questions as to where the ice will go when it melts and moves downriver. Wilmington residents are worried that the ice dam might cause a repeat of the 2008 flooding that left two dozen homes flooded.
“The great, big chunks come in … it is real bad,” Wilmington resident Joel Martin said.
A week after thebridge closure, the steady stream of visitors to the bridge has not decreased. Over the course of the hour that our reporters where at the bridge Sunday, nearly 25 people stopped by the bridge to take in the sight of the frozen river.
It is not yet clear when Warner Bridge will be reopened.