Officials In Virginia Fear Dam Will Collapse As Heavy Rain Forces Evacuations

Map of Lynchburg showing College Lake Dam

Map of Lynchburg showing College Lake Dam

Engineers performed the assessment on the dam and WDBJ reported that no seepage was found in the area.

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

The dam doesn't meet current regulations and the city is making it a priority to find a solution.

Additionally, Community Development officials will be assessing buildings to ensure they are safe for people to return to.

Lynchburg Director of Water Resources Tim Mitchell said at a 3 p.m. news conference that the dam would continue to be watched around the clock. A warning from the National Weather Service warned that, if the dam fails, "the water depth at Lynchburg could exceed 17 feet in seven minutes".

The area received somewhere between 4 and 6 inches of rain Thursday evening, filling College Lake and flowing over its dam.

A flash flood watch is in effect in the area until 11 a.m.

Firemen waded through flood waters on Thursday in Lynchburg.

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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.

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

"I think I know some people who are going to be moving tonight", Organ says in the video.

Should the dam collapse, floodwaters would move from the creek into the James River near Lynchburg's business district.

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.

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

Authorities have evacuated parts of Lynchburg, Virginia, in preparation of what county officials report as the "imminent failure" of the College Lake Dam.

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