- Boys’ basketball holiday tournament tips off tonight
- Ribbon-cutting for Children’s Holiday Shoppe Nov. 26; shop is open Nov. 29-Dec. 21
- Rockford Rescue Mission invites community to Thanksgiving banquet Nov. 26
- Rockton’s new business district welcomes family owned Dr. Detail U.S. Cellular
- 2014 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition winners named
- Open house for new library executive director tonight
- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
Debris blamed for low water levels near Fordham Dam
By Jim Hagerty
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.