North America, Regulation and Policy

FEMA denies appeal for Lake Delhi funding following 2010 dam failure

Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied an appeal for federal funding to help rebuild a dam that failed on Lake Delhi, in Iowa, during last summer’s flooding, wire services reported.

FEMA denied the initial request in August, saying the group that owns the dam and another created to levy taxes to maintain the dam didn’t meet eligibility criteria. It cited the same reasons in denying the appeal.

The Lake Delhi dam failed as rising floodwater from the Maquoketa River ate a 30-foot-wide hole in it. Areas below the dam were evacuated.

The breach drained the 9-mile-long reservoir, which is surrounded by homes and cabins.

The dam generated power until the 1970s. A rebuilt dam could include a hydro plant, previous reports indicated.

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