Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Evacuations underway in Lynchburg, heavy rain may cause dam to fail

Lynchburg floods: Flooding dam sparks evacuations in US city Officials in Virginia fear dam will collapse as heavy rain forces evacuations
| 04 August, 2018, 22:19

The News & Advance reports 12 to 18 inches of water were flowing out of the dam, over a road, and into a creek after three inches of rain fell in a single hour.

That night, the National Weather Service reported the College Lake Dam could fail, and if it does, "the water depth at Lynchburg could exceed 17 feet in 7 minutes".

County officials reported the dam's "imminent failure" at around 9:30pm on Thursday.

"Although water levels have decreased, the threat for dam failure continues", and emergency personnel will check for signs of structural failure, the weather service said Friday morning.

LuAnn Hunt, a city spokeswoman, tells NPR that 94 people took shelter at a local high school that's serving as an evacuation center.

A flash-flood watch is in effect through 6 pm Friday in Lynchburg, with 1 to 3 more inches of rain expected.

Lynchburg, Virginia, is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 50 miles from Roanoke.


In Lynchburg, they are still a little bit anxious because there is rain in the forecast that the water will add to the water in the reservoir and put pressure on this dam.

Almost a hundred people have been evacuated from their homes in Lynchburg, Va., after an intense storm amid concerns that an aging dam might fail and unleash risky floodwaters. The Virginia Department of Transportation built it in 1934. Since then, the city has continued to analyze the dam to determine how to move forward.

Lynchburg Water Resources is working with the University of Lynchburg to deal with this situation.

The City of Lynchburg has created an interactive map to see if you're in a potential flooding area should the College Lake Dam fail.

Even though it's near College Lake, The University of Lynchburg did not evacuate as it isn't downstream of the dam.

And every proposed fix would cost millions of dollars. One touched down last night in the New York City borough of Queens.

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