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Lake Delhi Dam is now eligible for FEMA funding

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LAKE DELHI (KWWL) -

The Lake Delhi Dam is now eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding.

The Lake Delhi Taxing District Trustees have sought help from FEMA to help rebuild the dam that failed in 2010 in the past, but the project did not qualify because the lake was not considered a public entity.

The trustees appealed twice and finally received the news today that FEMA reversed its initial decision allowing the dam to be eligible in the future.

Lake Delhi supporters still don't know what exactly this will mean for their funding. In the near future, they'll be sitting down with FEMA and Homeland Security to continue the process.

"At this time we are optimistic that it could mean some financial assistance, but there is no guarantee that it will at this point in time.  We just simply working through the process," President of the Lake Delhi Combined Recreational Facility and Water Quality District Steve Leonard said.

However, Leonard says this will be good for their supporters. This means the dam would be eligible for assistance after they rebuild it, which makes it a safer investment for the community.

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