Lake Shafer decreases overnight

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Due to a broken flood gate on the Norway Dam, the water level of Lake Shafer has dramatically decreased overnight.

Indiana Conservation Officers said Friday at 11 a.m., Lake Shafer is approximately 19.7-inches below the normal level near the Norway Dam.

Officers said the heavy rainfall Thursday night caused NIPSCO to increase flows through the dam, which is a standard operating procedure and a requirement during these conditions. However, around 9 p.m. Thursday night there was a mechanical failure causing a gate to open wider than necessary, which prevented closure of the gate.

NIPSCO is actively working to repair the gate, but the due to heavy rain and flooding conditions they said they are faced with additional challenges in the timing of the repair. Officials estimate that the gate will be closed between 4-5 p.m. EST.

Once the gate is shut, NIPSCO said they will investigate and work on solutions to the problem.

Even though the rain will help stabilize the levels of the lake, officials said at this point it is unclear how the levels will be affected once the gate is shut.

Watch the video above for more details on the broken flood gate as News 18’s Amber Hardwick speaks with Carroll County EMA Director Dana Jeffries on News 18 at Noon. We will also have more coverage online and coming up on News 18 at Five and Six. 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, off topic, 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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