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Post-flood protection at Lake Delhi

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LAKE DELHI (KWWL) -- As emergency workers begin the long clean up process along Lake Delhi, curiosity is driving a lot of people to the broken dam -- literally. Some are there with the best of intentions, others, not so much.

"Pictures don't do it any justice until you actually see it," said Larry Rolfson.

Curiosity is getting the better of Rolfson. He rode from Cedar Rapids to scope out what the flood left behind.

"I just can't believe all the water's gone! It's just unreal," he noted.

"It's human nature. They're curious. But it made huge traffic jams and prevented some of the things that needed to be done. But mostly we want people to be safe," said Lake Association President Jim Willey.

Many people are coming down here to see the damage first-hand. Willey understands why -- it's pretty unbelievable. But local law enforcement is trying to keep the visitors from getting too close to the river. They're putting up barriers around the lake to protect onlookers and to protect homeowners.

"We just have to keep the people back because we don't know what is stable or unstable," said Willey.

The other concern -- with empty homes and wayward boats, the Delaware Sheriff's Department is hearing rumors of looting along the lake.

"It's sad. It is really sad that there are people that would do this type of thing. It happens everytime there is a disaster," Willey added.

But most people are like Rolfing -- here to sympathize, not to steal.

"I feel sorry for the people up here because I've been through it myself," he said.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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