Statement issued Monday:
Fort Wayne, IN – On Tuesday, October 11, Fort Wayne City Utilities will close a gate at the Hosey Dam on the Maumee River at Anthony Boulevard. Closing the gate will allow river levels within the City to rise a few feet to their normal summer pool level. The increase in river levels will not happen immediately but will occur over a day or two.
After lengthy discussions between the City, County, contractors and river enthusiasts, river levels were lowered in mid-August to accommodate construction activities on the Martin Luther King, Jr. bridge on Clinton Street over the St. Mary’s River and to facilitate other projects being done by the City and County. At that time, the City Utilities committed to re-evaluate the situation in early October.
Construction activities that required lower river levels have been completed, so river levels can be brought back up to their normal higher summer level to accommodate several more weeks of recreational activities on the rivers. City Utilities plans to leave the rivers at the higher level until around December 1.
By raising and lowering the gate on the Hosey Dam, City Utilities is able to adjust river levels by a few feet. Operating the gate does not give the City the ability to control flooding.