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U.S. Disaster Headlines

Posted by feww on July 25, 2010

Delhi Dam in Eastern Iowa Collapses

The Delhi Dam in eastern Iowa collapsed about noon on Saturday, sending a wall of water smashing into the small town of Hopkinton (population 750).

Lake Delhi Dam Collapses.
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The collapse was “catastrophic,” a community leader said, blaming the cause on days of torrential rains which have buffered northeast Iowa.

The Maquoketa River, on which the dam was situated,  record flood crest on Saturday, after 10 inches of rain fell in about 10 hours.

See also: Inflatable Dam Breaks at Tempe Town Lake

Powerful storms produce tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest

‘Powerful storms spawned by intense heat and humidity produced flooding and tornadoes in the Midwestern United States on Saturday, disrupting travel and cutting power to thousands of homes,’ a report said.

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“A large area is being impacted by this system,” said a NWS forecaster.

“But some of the heavier rain totals … have been in Chicago. The water content in the atmosphere is very high.”

Much of Chicago and its suburbs were inundated after up to 7.5 inches of rain lashed the region in late Friday and Saturday’s storm.

A similar weather pattern has been developing in New York and Penn state. A  tornado watch was issued for New York City and northern New Jersey.

“Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency on Friday after torrential rains flooded homes and opened sinkholes in Milwaukee and closed the city’s main airport,”  according to the report.

NWS has  issued severe weather alerts for numerous areas in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, as well as flood watches for tens of counties.

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