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Debris blamed for low water levels near Fordham Dam

March 14, 2014
A collection of debris at the Fordham Dam March 13, 2014. (Photo by Chris Luttig)

A collection of debris at the Fordham Dam March 13, 2014. (Photo by Chris Luttig)

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

While many area residents prepare for flooding along the Rock River, water levels downtown have been lower than expected for this time of year.

Thursday, March 13, levels from the East State Street bridge to the Fordham Dam were approximately two feet below average, indicating the dam may have malfunctioned.

According to spokesmen from ComEd, which operates the Fordham Dam, the floodgates are working properly. That means debris, ice or other agents may be disturbing dam function.

“The gates are in an unmanned position,” said Paul Callighan of ComEd. “We haven’t done anything on our end. We’ve been out there over the last several weeks to see what could be causing the issue, because the water level has changed.”

Callighan said ComEd teams will begin clearing debris as soon as weather conditions improve enough to safely navigate the area.

Debris near the Fordham Dam looking south. (Photo by Chris Luttig)

Debris near the Fordham Dam looking south. (Photo by Chris Luttig)

South spillway of the Fordham Dam March 13, 2014. (Photo by Steve Lucas)

South spillway of the Fordham Dam March 13, 2014. (Photo by Steve Lucas)

 

Water markings on the East State Street Bride Thursday, March 13. (Photo by Chris Luttig)

Water markings on the East State Street Bride Thursday, March 13. (Photo by Chris Luttig)

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