LAKE DELHI: New Dam Groundbreaking

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The official groundbreaking to rebuild the Lake Delhi dam is being held Thursday.

The dam collapsed under pressure from flood waters in July of 2010. The nine-mile long lake drained, sending debris rushing down the Maquoketa River.

The estimated cost of rebuilding the dam is $11.9 million. The state, county, and Lake Delhi residents are chipping in to fund it.

The plans also include a new, larger spillway that is expected to handle future flood waters.


  • Holly Johnson

    Since they are using state monies I wonder if there will be a charge to use their lake this time around. Also, I wonder if there will be some sort of benefit for all Iowa tax payers.

    • Right Wing Patriot

      First of all, the taxpayer shouldn’t be bailing this thing out. Thanks Terry. If the residents didn’t have adequate coverage, so be it. Thats tough. Since we are now on the hook, the public better have complete access 24/7.

  • Holly Johnson

    Right wing- this is exactly why I posted what I did. I guess they are tired of looking at a small stream behind their lake homes. I felt bad for those who lost their homes, that were not privy to the lake homes, when the damn broke and wiped them out downstream.

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