Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Areas of Virginia city evacuate over possible dam failure

Water rescue in Lynchburg Water rescue in Lynchburg Flooding in Lynchburg
Jay Anderson | 04 August, 2018, 22:20

Engineers determined that the dam's spillway was not large enough to handle water flow in the event of extreme weather conditions.

Speaking from Lynchburg, CBS's Chip Reid warned the eastern American city could be flooded within 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.

Crews are assessing the damage to the College Lake Dam in Lynchburg Friday morning. with more rain in the forecast. Since then, the city has continued to analyze the dam to determine how to move forward.

Local fire and police sent boats to rescue people to area shelters late Thursday as some creeks were already feeling the overflow from the 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.

She said the plan next was to open a 3-foot by 3-foot sluice in order to lower reservoir levels to make it more safe.

Flooding in Lynchburg
Water rescue in Lynchburg Flooding in Lynchburg

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

Heavy rains and flash floods have struck a wide swath of the country from the Carolinas to New England.

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

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.

Parts of Lynchburg, Virginia, have been evacuated as floodwaters have compromised the integrity of a dam upstream.

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

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. The city owns the dam, but the university owns the lake. The road, now usa 221, needed expansion and improvement.




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