Rain-Wrecked Dam Destroys Wis. Homes

Storms pummel region
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 4:10 AM CDT
A home near the 254-acre Lake Delton in Wisconsin is damaged when flood waters breach the bank and drain the lake.    (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Steve Apps)
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(Newser) – Luxury homes around a Wisconsin lake were torn apart after heavy rain cut a channel through an earthen dam and drained the water. Lake Delton is a tourist center, and businesses that depend on it face ruin, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The region was one of several pummeled by days of heavy rains that have caused widespread flooding in three states.

"Right now there is no lake. It's simply a channel flowing from here to the Wisconsin River," said a businessman who rents boats  on the lake. "I would not anticipate Lake Delton being here this summer."