DELHI DAM: Work Should Begin In Spring

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Construction on a new dam to re-create an Iowa lake that was drained in 2010 could begin as soon as this spring.

Heavy rain in July of 2010 caused the Lake Delhi Dam to fail, sending all the water from the nine mile long lake rushing down the Maquoketa River.

Officials with the Lake Delhi recreational facility and water quality district told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that efforts to rebuild the dam will begin this spring, but say they can’t predict how long it will take to refill the lake.

In June of 2012 Governor Branstad signed an appropriations bill guaranteeing $5 million over two years from the state to help rebuild the dam and restore the lake.

Lake Delhi is a private lake, but does have public access.