City to temporarily lower St. Joe River level

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The St. Joseph River will be lowered over the weekend for work around the St. Joe Dam.

Flashboards will be installed at the dam on Monday, May 7. For safe installation, the city will lower water levels on the St. Joseph River upstream of the dam on Saturday, May 5. The dam’s spillway must be dry to install flashboards.

River levels should return to normal by Thursday, May 10. A delay could happen if it is raining on Monday and the spillway is wet. 

City Utilities installs flashboards in the spring to raise the level of the river north of the dam to increase the amount of water held behind the dam, according to City Utilities spokesman Frank Suarez. The practice ensures that Fort Wayne has an adequate supply of water during peak summer months.

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