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Effective December 15, 2020, river forecast services for the Kankakee River near Kouts, Indiana, gauge (NWS identifier KTSI3) will be discontinued. Flood warnings will continue to be issued for river flooding along the affected portions of the Kankakee River in Jasper and Porter Counties, Indiana, but will be based upon the river gauge at Dunns Bridge, Indiana (NWS identifier DBRI3). River flood impacts in the vicinity of the Kouts gauge closely match the water levels observed at the Dunns Bridge gauge. Thus, no significant changes to warning services provided by the National Weather Service are expected as a result of this change.

These changes are the result of a multi-month review of flood impacts and hydrology in the vicinity of the gauge and feedback provided by the Kankakee River Basin and Yellow River Basin Development Commission, the Porter County Emergency Management Agency, and the Jasper County Emergency Management Department.

Click here for the service change notice issued October 20, 2020, announcing these changes.

 


Current River Forecasts and Warnings
(through December 14, 2020)

 

Flood warnings for the Kankakee River from US-421 downstream to IN-49 are issued based upon the observed or forecasted water level at the Dunns Bridge gauge (below, left).

Flood warnings for the Kankakee River from IN-49 downstream to near I-65 and DeMotte are issued based upon the observed or forecasted water level at the Kouts gauge (below, right).

Map showing portion of Kankakee River represented by Dunns Bridge gauge until December 15, 2020 Map showing portion of Kankakee River represented by Kouts gauge until December 15, 2020

Future River Forecasts and Warnings
(effective December 15, 2020)

 

Flood impacts along the Kankakee River from US-421 near La Crosse downstream to near I-65 and De Motte will be associated with the Dunns Bridge gauge. Flood warnings for this reach of river will be issued based upon the observed or forecasted water level at the Dunns Bridge gauge.

There will be no gap in watch and warning coverage along the Kankakee River during high water events.

 

Map showing portion of Kankakee River represented by Dunns Bridge gauge starting December 15, 2020