Boats aren't needed after lake disappears

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The owner of a boat and RV dealership in Manchester, Iowa, is organizing a boat auction for Lake Dehli boaters looking to sell their vessels after the emptying of the 9-mile lake.

The Lake Delhi dam failed July 24, causing a breach that drained the lake.

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver and others acknowledged this week that the lake likely won't be restored anytime soon, according to media reports. Culver created a task force to study how the surging Maquoketa River caused a private dam. The task force also will consider options for rebuilding the structure and paying for the work.

The group, which includes representatives of state agencies, the governor's office and local organizations, won't issue a report until Dec. 1.

Rusty Peck, who owns Lake Delhi Marina and RV, spent this week hauling stranded boats out of the lake and has organized a boat auction for Sept. 12 at his dealership.

"Anybody that has a boat or anything else they want to sell will be allowed to put it in the auction, as long as they were affected by the flood," Peck told reporters.

Peck says he might have to put a cap on the size of the auction because of the potential demand. The Lake Delhi Recreation Association alone has more than 900 members and many have more than one boat.

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