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If you are out and about today, use “extreme caution” on rural roads as the Kankakee Sheriff Office is reporting flooding throughout the county.

“We have received multiple calls from several area township road commissioners regarding rural roadways,” according to a Sunday evening post on the department’s Facebook page. “Due to the number of flooded roadways throughout Kankakee County, many townships do not have enough ‘Road Closed’ signs to put out in troubled areas.

“We encourage all area motorists to use extreme caution when traveling, particularly on rural routes. As a reminder, if you see water on a roadway, please #TurnAroundDontDrown.”

The warning came as more rain was on its way for the area and the ground was already saturated from a deluge of rain last Thursday night into Friday. The area saw another 1.5 inches of rain overnight.

While one flood warning from the National Weather Service expired at 1 p.m. May 18, another is in effect for the Kankakee area until Sunday, May 24. That warning says forecast flooding has increased from minor to moderate severity and homes in on areas along the Kankakee River from Momence to the confluence with Iroquois River at Aroma Park. The flood stage is 5 feet, and it was at 6.4 feet at 2:45 a.m. Monday.

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