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After 6 long years, Lake Delhi finally full again

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LAKE DELHI (KWWL) -

It's been a long time in the making, but Lake Delhi is once again full.

Water began spilling over the spillway of the newly constructed dam last week--an indicator that the lake is basically full again.

For Barbara and Ken DeKlotz who have owned a house on the lake for more than 50 years, it comes as a big relief.

"First boat that went by, we had to jump up and say yay! And the first skier, and even the first jet skier, which make a lot of noise, but we were even happy to see them," Barb said.

For them, it's more than just a body of water.

"This is our main street, for us, because people go by and you wave and you know them," she said.

The main indicator that the lake is indeed back is that water coming over the spillway.

"That means everything for this entire community, to have a full recreational lake for everyone to use. It's been a long six years for so many, and now to have a full lake, I can't even put words to it. It's insurmountable, and it's just great to see such a great thing behind us," said Steve Leonard, president of the Lake Delhi Board of Trustees.

The spillway will work in conjunction with the three gates of the dam to ensure they don't have a repeat of the tragic flooding that broke the dam and drained their lake six years ago.

"Today not only do we have the three gates, but we also have a new spillway that enables more than double the capacity of what we previously had. So under normal conditions, we'll operate the lake just the way you see it. Most of the water will be flowing over the spillway, and then during larger water flow events, we'll start opening the gates," he said.

Leonard expects the lake to be very busy every weekend through the end of the season.

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