Lake Delhi In Iowa Fails, Inundates Hopkinton Town

July 25th, 2010 - 4:30 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
image6709910gIowa, July 25, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Eastern Iowa’s Lake Delhi dam gave way Saturday as it was unable to cope with the rising pressure of floodwater from the raging Maquoketa River. The dam suffered rupture 30 feet long which finally led to its collapse. The water of the dam fell below in the river from a height of 45 feet. The Hopkinton town now faces the threat of flood owing to the incident. The Northeastern Iowa has been getting lashed by severe rain for quite some days. The water level in the Maquoketa River has increased to an extent due to the incessant rain.

The authorities in Hopkinton started the warning sirens as water started entering the town. The residents staying near and around the dam had to be evacuated on an emergency basis. The flood like situation is going to cause a lot of damage to the property in the region. Near about 8000 people have been affected by the rupture of the dam and consequent flooding. However, so far no injury or death has been reported. The dam was 83 years old and the unrelenting rainfall over last two days brought its doom. It could not resist the pressure long.

The flood caused by the rupture of the dam washed away around 6 homes. Several acres of farmland have been inundated in the flood. The flood spoiled the activities at the Monticello Jones County Fair. The fairground became muddy and waterlogged and the arrangers had to cancel all the events. The damage caused by the flood may be huge. The authorities have alerted the residents about the incident.

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