The Lake Delhi dam in eastern Iowa has failed today causing massive flooding in local communities and forcing residents to evacuate. The dam is around 45 miles east of Cedar Rapids and suffered the catastrophic failure after huge amounts of rain.
Gov. Chet Culver told CNN that almost 10 inches of rain fell over a 12-hour period and the dam couldn’t hold. Jim Flansberg, Gov. Culver’s communications director told CNN that the roads on either side of the dam had given way, according to cnn.com. A 30 foot wide gap in the berm alongside the dam was reported by the National Weather Service.
Lake Delhi dam destroyed