Construction Work to Rebuild Lake Delhi Dam Moves Forward

Work to rebuild the dam that failed in 2010 is underway.

Work to rebuild the dam that failed in 2010 is underway.

DELAWARE COUNTY, Iowa — The trustees for Lake Delhi have received a permit for the second phase of construction on a new dam.

KWWL reports the Iowa Department of Natural Resources granted the permit last week.

Construction on the new spillway is already underway. Right now, contractors are repairing the concrete and replacing the flood gates.

Flooding caused the dam to break in 2010, draining the lake.

Contractors say heavy rain during the early stages of work made construction difficult but good weather now and low river levels are making it easier.

“Our community is in the recovery mode. Our goal is to have a lake and a dam for recreational purposes to the public as soon as this spring to early summer,” says Steve Leonard, president of the trustees.

Leaders say getting this permit means everything is going according to plan.

Backers hope to have the work finished by July of 2015.

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