Work done while river levels were down

The City of Fort Wayne lowered a gate on the Maumee River'€™s Hosey Dam Wednesday, Aug. 27, following repairs and work along the Maumee, St. Joseph and St. Marys rivers.

The tainter gate, replaced in 2006, came back down, and river levels will naturally rise as water backs up behind the dam. The speed at which the river levels increase will be influenced by the amount of rain the area receives in the next three or four days.

The lower river levels allowed City Utilities to repair the sanitary sewer system behind Don Hall'€™s Gashouse. City Utilities also took a core drilling of a wall near an intake valve on the St. Joseph River. The County Highway Department removed debris that collected around bridges over the three local rivers.

The gate controls water from the St. Joe Dam and the St. Marys River at the Taylor Street bridge to the Maumee River just west of the North Anthony Bridge.

To be added to the public notification list of tainter gate adjustments, contact City Utilities Engineering Support Services at (260) 427-5065.