NEW DAM: Branstad Signs Bill For Lake Delhi

Lake Delhi Dam

Governor Branstad has signed a bill into law that will help with reconstruction of the Lake Delhi Dam, but could leave the state open to lawsuits in the future.

The Lake Delhi Dam collapsed under pressure from flood waters in 2010, draining the nine-mile lake.

On Wednesday, Governor Branstad signed a bill allowing construction of a new dam to continue without added precautions to deal with future flooding.

The head of the Iowa DNR told the Des Moines Register the arrangement means homeowners could sue the state if they suffer flood damage in the future.

The lake association says a new, larger spillway will be able to handle future flood waters.