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Lake Delhi homes flooded, lake is disappearing


 LAKE DELHI  (KWWL) -- All day Saturday, millions of gallons of unharnessed flood waters rushed through the 82-year old dam at Lake Delhi.

When the road at the Lake Delhi Dam finally gave way and washed out from the rising flood waters of the Maquoketa River, millions of dollars worth of personal property went too, in the form of boats, docks, lifts and other lake front equipment. Stunned property owners could only watch.

Like so many Lake Delhi property owners, Kathy and Roger Hershberger of Jesup got help from friends to begin a massive cleanup effort. Their lake home had been inundated with several feet of flood waters just before the breach downstream.

Hundreds turned out to see what had happened at Lake Delhi. All up and down the lake, evidence of dramatic change, caused first by the flood waters and then the breach at the dam.

Expensive boat lifts and docks hanging or suspended; no longer floating and holding up boats.

The shoreline is also changing dramatically by the moment. The lake is literally disappearing. The river waters are receding and there is nothing left to hold back the water and create the lake.



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