Floyd County Approves Bid to Remove Old Dam

Rockford Public Works Director and Chief of Police Randy Schweizer, left, and Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch watch as water undercuts the dam in the Shell Rock River Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in Rockford, Iowa. The Floyd County sheriff's office and the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis., continue to monitor the dam. Meterologist Todd Rieck says water is undercutting the concrete dam and a failure is possible. Rieck says, however, the dam, doesn't hold back much water, and if it fails, no significant flooding is expected. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


By Aaron Hepker

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — Floyd County has approved a bid to remove an old dam that officials say is in a state of failure.

The Floyd County Board of Supervisors approved a nearly $165,000 bid Tuesday to remove the Rockford dam. The winning bid came from Minnesota-based Beemer Companies.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the approval is conditional on county officials raising an additional $40,000 to meet the bid. Supervisor Doug Kamm says finding the money will take some work.

Officials have discussed removing the dam, which was built in 1872, for more than a decade. In 2010, the state Department of Natural Resources declared the dam to be in a state of failure. It recommended that the dam be removed or repaired.

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