The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stated that Lake Delhi in North Eastern Iowa is not eligible for public assistance to rebuild the Lake Delhi Dam that crumbled in July. The federal document said, “The applicant does not provide any essential governmental service to the general public. The lake is not used for electricity, drinking water, or irrigation. It is used only for recreation.
In addition, FEMA said that funds should not have been spent on repairs after the 2008 flooding. In 2008, FEMA officials had agreed two years ago to reimburse approximately two million dollars in damages at Lake Delhi. However that decision has since been reversed. State officials had given Lake Delhi approximately one million in up front payments in 2008 for flooding, it’s feared they will be stuck with the bill again.
Bob Josephson, the spokesman for FEMA, determined the Lake Delhi Recreation Association doesn’t provide essential governmental services to the public. Also stating that Lake Delhi is strictly residential. The Lake Delhi Recreation Association is the owner of the Lake Delhi Dam. Jim Willey, spoke for The Lake Delhi Association, stating that the Lake Delhi Recreation Association will appeal the decision. The appeal is supported by Governor Chet Culver.
U.S. Representative, Bruce Braley represents the Lake Delhi Area. In a released statement, he said “a complicated issue for which there are no answers”.
When FEMA said no funding for Lake Delhi, it will also affect more then lake residents. It will affect the Maquoketa Valley School District who receives 31% of their funding from Lake Delhi. The 700 plus students won’t be affected during the 2010/11 school year. They will feel the affects of FEMA’s decision during the 2011/12 school year, if the appeal to FEMA fails.