Water level drops in Lake Decatur

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – The water level in Lake Decatur has dropped because of an issue with a dam gate.

City leaders say the north Bascule gate stopped working as staff took lake level meter calibrations and worked on winter preparation. They say water is flowing out of the lake at a “rapid rate” from that gate. It’s expected to be four feet lower on Friday and sit at about 610 feet.

To help slow down water loss, city leaders say they adjusted other gates on the lake.

“The city will have a better idea of necessary repairs tomorrow once water has stopped flowing over the north bascule gate,” a press release from the city said. “As per lake protocol, downstream landowners have been notified about the increased river flow as has the Archer Daniels Midland Company which also operates a water treatment facility that uses lake water.”