Repairs begin on popular Indiana reservoir’s dam

FILE PHOTO - Lake Freeman

MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — Crews are working to make permanent repairs to a northern Indiana reservoir’s dam following a malfunction that caused a more than 2-foot drop in the popular lake’s water levels.

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. spokesman Nick Meyer says the water drop occurred when a floodgate on Lake Shafer’s Norway Dam got stuck after a roller track that allows the floodgate to move malfunctioned.

He tells WLFI-TV that crews temporarily closed the floodgate over the weekend, allowing water levels to return to normal on the lake after last week’s drop.

Meyer says crews are erecting scaffolding along the floodgate and work began Tuesday to make permanent repairs. He says those repairs should be complete by the end of the week. 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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