Open flood gate, rain help Lake Freeman

FILE PHOTO - Lake Freeman

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The open flood gate at the Norway Dam might be lowering levels on Lake Shafer, but water levels are up on Lake Freeman.

Lake Freeman has been drained over the summer to protect endangered mussels in the Tippecanoe River. While water levels on Freeman are back to normal Friday, no one knows how long that will last.

The federal government mandates that Oakdale Dam keep its water flow of 500 cubic feet per second down the Tippecanoe River to protect endangered mussels. That has caused levels on Freeman to drop drastically in past couple of weeks. Now, it’s hard to tell that levels were ever low.

Monticello and Delphi were hit with 5.5-inches of rain throughout the Thursday night into Friday morning. Carroll County EMA Director Dana Jeffries said the water is also up because of the open flood gate at the Norway Dam on Lake Shafer.

Jeffries said he doesn’t expect these normal water levels to stick around. He said once that flood gate is fixed, he expects the levels to drop again.

At this time, Jeffries said the levels from the Oakdale Dam on Freeman are below flood stage. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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