City to lower St. Joe River, remove flashboards at dam

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) City Utilities workers will drop the level of the St. Joseph River in order to replace the flashboards at the St. Joseph Dam, an annual preparation for winter, officials said.

Crews will begin lowering the water level this weekend in order for the dam’s spillway to dry so the flashboards can be pulled, the city said Thursday. Workers will remove the flashboards on Monday.

Flashboards are installed in the spring to raise the level of the river north of the dam, which then increases the amount of water held behind the dam to ultimately ensure there is an adequate water supply during peak summer months, officials said.

The city said as the river north of the dam is lowered, residents with docks or with boats tied along the St. Joseph River should take appropriate precautions to protect their property.

River levels should return to normal by Oct. 29.

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