MANCHESTER, IOWA (AP) — Warning sirens are blowing in the small eastern Iown town of Hopkinton as water continues to flow through a dam on Lake Delhi.
The lake, which is part of the Maquoketa River, has been rising in recent days because of torrential rains. On Saturday the rising water pushed a 30-foot-wide gap into the earthen dam, allowing water to drop up to 45 feet into the area below the dam near Hopkinton, a town of about 700 people.
Water was beginning to surround homes in Hopkinton and the floodwater was expected to make its way south to Monticello, where events at the Jones County Fair have been canceled because the river runs near the fairgrounds.
To see video of the dam break you can visit our CBS affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s website: http://kgan.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/kgan_vid_3054.shtml
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