Friday Marks Tenth Anniversary of Lake Delhi Dam Breach

Today marks ten years since the dam breach at Lake Delhi.

On July 24th, 2010, floodwaters caused the Lake Delhi dam to breach – draining the nine miles of lake on the Maquoketa River down to the riverbed. The flooding and breach damaged or destroyed many homes, boats and other property. Lake Delhi Trustees President Dan Staebell recalls that devastating day.

Lake Delhi’s flooding came after historic rains of around ten inches fell across eastern Iowa, with the communities of Manchester, Dyersville, Hopkinton and Monticello also among those experiencing damage from floodwaters. Some rural areas and farms were impacted too.