Authorities Monitor Dam as Flooding Hits Lynchburg Area

Lynchburg floods: Flooding dam sparks evacuations in US city

Lynchburg floods: Flooding dam sparks evacuations in US city

"12 to eight inches of water is flowing over Lakeside Drive into Blackwater Creek".

Scott Thomas, an engineer for the Department's Division of Dam Safety and Flood Plain Management, confirmed to TheBlaze on Friday that the dam upstream from Lynchburg was in compliance with the Virginia Dam Safety Act.

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

At 919 PM EDT, county dispatch reported the imminent failure of College Lake Dam on the Blackwater Creek.

Because the sediment from the city's runoff is trapped above the dam, the lake has dramatically reduced in size.

Local outlet WDBJ7 said a number of people whose homes were deemed to be at risk had been evacuated to nearby schools, along with their pets.

Authorities said concerns about the dam's failure will continue to be a threat until the water levels can safely be lowered.

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Rain has saturated parts of the East for days, with flash-flood watches in effect for millions from Georgia to Vermont.

Lynchburg, Virginia, is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 50 miles from Roanoke. The Virginia Department of Transportation built it in 1934.

The Lynchburg Department of Emergency Services said areas near the dam were being evacuated Thursday night, although it was unclear how many people that involved.

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

The lake's ecosystem is degrading rapidly, the school reports, as it fills with sediment, nutrients and raw sewage, resulting in the rapid development of watershed and stormwater management problems.

A failure of the College Lake Dam near Lynchburg could flood the city with five metres of water in seven minutes, news outlets reported Thursday evening, citing statements from the National Weather Service (NSW). The road, now US 221, needed expansion and improvement.

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