Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Lynchburg flood: College Lake Dam failure - emergency evacuations

Lynchburg dam Virginia homes are getting flooded as residents continue to be evacuated Lynchburg dam Virginia homes are getting flooded as residents continue to be evacuated
Ray Hunter | 04 August, 2018, 22:22

The National Weather Service said up to six inches (15 centimeters) of rain fell within hours Thursday, filling a dam at College Lake, near Lynchburg, Virgnia, beyond capacity.

Firemen waded through flood waters on Thursday in Lynchburg.

The city of Lynchburg in the usa state of Virginia has seen torrential rain and severe weather in recent days.

More than 150 people had been removed from the possible path of dam waters, Luann Hunt, a spokesperson for the city of Lynchburg, told ABC News.

"We are still concerned about its overall stability going into tonight and tomorrow morning", said Tim Mitchell, the director of Lynchburg Water Resources.

Local fire and police were sending boats to rescue people and take them to area shelters.

Officials evacuated people from more than 100 homes in the city of 80,000.

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The CNN Weather Center said there a forecast of 1-3 inches of rain through Friday evening and that rain hasn't been above average, but the runoff is a contributor to the area flooding.

A flash-flood warning is in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday in Lynchburg.

Authorities are concerned an overflowing dam in central Virginia is at risk of failing, and have ordered evacuations in the most threatened areas.

"About 200yards down that hill is a dam, behind that dam is a reservoir, College Lake". It is located in a critical position, according to the university, for capturing surface waters from multiple sources of the Blackwater Creek watershed just before emptying into the James River. The original surface area of the lake was reported to be 44 acres and has been reduced to 19 acres due to sedimentation.

In 2014, engineers began surveying College Lake Dam as the result of a study determining the dam could not handle the flow of water expected during severe weather conditions, creating a safety hazard for residents who live below the dam.

If the dam fails completely, 17ft (5m) of water could flood it in seven minutes, the National Water Service said.

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