Iowa Lake Vanishes After Dam Collapse

July 31st, 2010 - 7:28 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
iowa-floodingJuly 31, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Iowa lake made a sudden disappearance act after an old dam gave way to the increasing water pressure of Lake Delhi. The gushing water made the long dam collapse and within a few hours the water disappeared. The nearby residents were shocked to see the dried lake shore and the smell of dead fish greeted them. The nearby houses were damaged by gushing waters which also ruined the furniture. A condominium owner said that the spectacle was very unexpected and nasty. The heavy rains that took place last week made the river rise to high levels and the dam could not contain the water for long. The lake was emptied really fast.

The earthen part of the dam broke down and the concrete part was not affected. The loss to the nearby properties is huge. The value of the houses on the lake shore has diminished significantly after the houses got affected by the water and mud. The dam was set up in the 1920s to generate electricity. It is not certain if the lake will be restored or not as funding might become an issue. David Miller, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director said the Lake Delhi dam may get federal help. The Federal Emergency Management Agency may bear a part of the cost of the restoration of the dam.

Meanwhile, the lake needs to be cleaned up as well. The wrecked boats and dead fishes do not make a pretty site at all. The debris has got scattered all over the place and the residents are still to recover from the shock.

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