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Dam in Cedar Falls deemed High Hazard

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) --The disaster at Lake Delhi has put a new focus on dam safety. The Des Moines Register uncovered state records which show 31 dams in Iowa have structural issues or other problems that could cause them to fail unless they're fixed.

The Fieldstone Addition on the west side of Cedar Falls has a pond where one side is made up of an earthen dam.

The Iowa DNR has labeled this dam as a high hazard, which means a failure could result in loss of life to downstream residents.

The problem with dam revolves around pipes which are used to carry water to the spillway. DNR officials say they were crushed during construction and do not allow the designed amount of water to flow through.

"If you get a record rainfall event then we could be looking at over topping of the dam which is always a concern because earthen dams tend to washout when they're over topped," said DNR Dam Safety Engineer, Jon Garton.

The Fieldstone Neighborhood Association has submitted plans to the Iowa DNR to have the pipes replaced. Once the plans are approved, construction can begin. They hope to have the issue fixed by October.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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