In Preparation for Winter, City to Make Annual River Adjustment

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): In preparation for the winter months, City Utilities will be making annual adjustments to river levels beginning this weekend.


At midnight on Saturday, October 11th, City Utilities will start to temporarily lower the St. Joseph River near the St. Joseph Dam. This will allow crews to safely remove the flashboards come Monday, October 13th.


River levels should return to normal by October 16th. Residents with docks or with boats secured along the St. Joseph River should be aware of changing water levels and take the proper precautions to protect their property.


According to city officials, flashboards are installed in the spring to raise the level of the river north of the dam. This is done to increase the amount of water held behind the dam, to ensure that Fort Wayne has an adequate water supply during peak summer months.