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Jun 25, 4:39 PM EDT

Officials close Lake Delhi floodgates to refill the lake


DELHI, Iowa (AP) -- Officials have closed the floodgates to start refilling Lake Delhi, following six years and $16 million in work to restore the lake after its destruction in the 2010 floods.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/28ZkfvN ) that floodgates were closed Friday.

The 9-mile-long lake on the Maquoketa (muh-KOH'-kih-tuh) River emptied in July 2010 when heavy rain caused the previous dam to fail.

Property owners formed a taxing district shortly after the storms, and voters approved a $6 million bond measure for the new dam and restoration. Other money came from the state, Delaware County and private donations.

Officials say the lake could refill in as little as a few days or take three or more weeks, depending on rainfall and river flow.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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