Lynchburg flood: College Lake Dam failure - emergency evacuations

Lynchburg floods: Flooding dam sparks evacuations in US city

People are evacuating from Blackwater Creek Trail in Lynchburg because the College Lake Dam may fail. If it fails completely, the water depth in Lynchburg could exceed 17 feet in 7 minutes.

Other photos showed water rushing Thursday night over the dam and Lakeside Drive, which separates College Lake and Blackwater Creek.

"The worst case scenario if that dam does breach, officials are anxious it might, is that water would go surging downhill into Lynchburg and it could drown that city in 17 feet of water in about 7 minutes".

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. It said up to 46 centimetres of lake water overflowed onto a road and into a nearby creek.

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College Lake is a manmade lake, built in the early 1930s by the Virginia Department of Highways as part of the development of U.S. Highway 460, west of Lynchburg.

The city of Lynchburg is the closest settlement downstream of the structure. The dam has been under survey by the city for years as a safety hazard. But the crew monitoring the dam last night raised concerns about structural integrity after just about six inches of rain.

Jen Gearing, the public information officer for Lynchburg Water Resources, told TheBlaze on Friday, "We've done the preliminary engineering analysis, weighing our options and balancing them with budget constraints".

The dam was built in the 1930s by the Virginia Department of Highways and is now listed among "high hazard dams" in need of fix in Virginia.

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And every proposed fix would cost millions of dollars.

Firemen waded through flood waters on Thursday in Lynchburg. "But [the dam] is in compliance".

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

A press conference is scheduled to be held at 3 p.m. for an update.

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