UPDATE: Rising temperatures and more snow add to Kankakee River ice dams.

by A.J.W. Ewers

A view of the river as the ice floes continue to float downriver.

A view of the river as the ice floes continue to float downriver.

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.

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Reporter Justin Kollar demonstrates just how close the ice was to the bridge last Tuesday.

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.

A close up view of the snow coating Warner Bridge.

A close up view of the snow coating Warner Bridge.

“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.

Recent snowfall has caused a build up of more snow on Warner Bridge, further increasing the danger to the bridge.

Recent snowfall has caused a build up of more snow on Warner Bridge, further increasing the danger to the bridge.

It is not yet clear when Warner Bridge will be reopened.

The snow has added more weight to the ice dam that is responsible for the closure of Warner Bridge.

The snow has added more weight to the ice dam that is responsible for the closure of Warner Bridge.

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