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Lake Delhi nearing completion

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DELHI (KWWL) -

It's been five years since people in the Lake Delhi community have been able to enjoy the lake.

"It's been sad, because you haven't been able to do what you normally do, on the lake because it hasn't been a lake," said 40 year Delhi resident Jackie Brollier.

In 2010, heavy rains caused the dam to fail, leaving the lake dry.

"We're a community that's  really built around a lake and so all the businesses  even the school district, all of our whole being really changed back five years ago...the economic impact was really severe for us,"  Lake Delhi Board President Steve Leonard.

But a relief will soon come to those in the community.

Project leaders say Lake Delhi is nearing completion, and will be done by the end of fall or early winter.

It's been in the process of being rebuilt for about a year and a half.

To get the job done on time construction workers are onsite working 16 hours a day, six days a week. 

However, those who live in the community have waited so long...they're now skeptical.

"Well, I'm hoping this is correct.  We have been told other times it was supposed to be three years, four years, and it hasn't developed.  Now they're saying in the fall and I'm only hoping this is right," said Brollier.

Once it's ready, there will be some new additions. Those include a cove right off the lake with a boat ramp.  There will also be extra parking spaces.

The total cost of the reconstruction is $16 million. 

Funds came from local taxes, state grants, and local fundraising. 

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After a few setbacks...the Lake Delhi reconstruction project is almost complete. 

Project leaders say it's scheduled to be done at the end of fall. 

It's been five years since the community hasn't been able to use the lake. 

In 2010, heavy rains caused the dam to fail, leaving the lake dry.

Also, in  the summer there was a minor setback, when a temporary dam failed.

Construction workers are working around the clock to get the lake completed.

"They're working six days a week, they're working from morning to night and daylight hours.  And they've subdivided the project into multiple projects so that  they're working all at the same time," said Lake Delhi Board President Steve Leonard.

There will be some new additions once Lake Delhi is ready.

Those include a cove right off the lake with a boat ramp.  

There will also be extra parking spaces.

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