$16M reconstruction project on Lake Delhi nearing completion after several delays

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DELHI, Iowa — A $16 million reconstruction project on Lake Delhi is expected to wrap up in a few months after a series of setbacks.

Project leaders had originally planned on completing the project next month, but they pushed back the deadline due to some weather-related delays and a small break in the temporary dam. Crews currently are completing final tasks for the dam, including pouring concrete for the spillway, and should begin filling the lake at the end of November if the weather cooperates.

"If we get some very large rains, strategically timed right, it could be filled within just a matter of days. If we get really low water flows, it could take a considerably much longer period of time," said Lake Delhi Board of Trustees President Steve Leonard.

Volunteers also are working to prepare the lake bed, where nine miles of trees have grown, for the restoration project, he said.

In July 2010, heavy rain caused the previous dam to fail, damaging homes and other buildings, and leaving the lake dry, KCRG-TV (http://bit.ly/1FaOCcK ) reported.

"It's hard to imagine this place with water back in it. It has been so long, you sit at the house and you look out and we are just so excited to think about it coming back," said resident Erik Munson.

Those who were affected by the dam failure in 2010 are looking forward to seeing the lake returned to its former glory.

"We are ready. All we need — it's kind of like, just add water. Right? We are excited and everybody is excited," Munson said.

Information from: KCRG-TV, http://www.kcrg.com

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