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Dam break could mean end of Iowa's Lake Delhi


MONTICELLO, Iowa (AP) -- The future of Lake Delhi is in limbo.

For decades the nine-mile-long lake offered a northeast Iowa retreat. But when the dam broke Saturday, the lake drained away in hours.

Homeowners in the area owned the dam. Its only purpose was recreation.

Department of Natural Resources officials say if homeowners want to rebuild, they have to meet design requirements.

Maggie Burger is executive director of the Lake Delhi Recreation Association. She says the future is unclear. Officials have to first assess the damage.

The dam failed Saturday as rising floodwater from the Maquoketa River ate a 30-foot-wide hole in it.

Areas below the dam, including in Hopkinton and Monticello were evacuated.

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