Iowa Lake Vanishes In One DayJuly 27th, 2010 - 12:17 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
July 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A lake in Iowa which was nine miles long virtually disappeared on Saturday after surging waters from a flood caused the failure of a ninety-two year old dam, as floodwater breached a section of the Lake Delhi dam which was 300 feet long.
The quick change in the pressure of the water caused the dam to burst. Windows in cabins located close by the lake were shattered, and interior walls caved in as the pressure exploded. By the afternoon, there was nothing left of the lake except for a steep cliff that was once the shore, and the smell of rotten fish, as people’s lawns and porches were covered in water-ruined furniture, carpets, and mattresses.
The dam was is owned by the Local Homeowner’s Association and had been well kept up, according to the ‘Des Moines Register’. An inspection which was performed on the dam in 2009 showed no issues that could have contributed to the dam’s failure, according to a safety engineer for the dam.
Apparently the rains which poured down on Friday simply flooded the dam with “more water than it was designed for,” according to experts. A promise was made by Governor Chet Culver yesterday that the popular summertime destination would be restored. Many of the area homeowners are hoping this is the case, since they are worried about the value of their lake front property crashing since the lake is gone. “It just makes your jaw drop,” said one property owner, “The lake’s gone.”
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