Thursday, 16 August, 2018

College Lake Dam considered stable after conditions assessment

Fast-moving flood waters near Lynchburg Virginia TWITTER CAMERONCCH WARNING Fast-moving floodwaters near Lynchburg
Glenn Montgomery | 04 August, 2018, 22:19

Lynchburg Water Resources spokesperson Jes Gearing says it's too early to order more evacuations, but there is concern that the dam will fail.

Lynchburg has a population of about 80,000 and lies in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

A deluge of rain in Virginia has prompted hundreds of people living below an overflowing dam to be evacuated from their homes.

As water surged out of the College Lake Reservoir in Lynchburg, officials feared that the dam built in the 1930s might collapse - sending a monster wave downstream and flooding parts of the city under more than 15 feet of water.

The News & Advance reports 12 to 18 inches of water were flowing out of the dam, over a road, and into a creek after three inches of rain fell in a single hour. The dam has been under survey by the city for years as a safety hazard.

The weather service issued a flash flood watch in effect until 6pm Friday, as additional showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain are possible.

The dam doesn't meet current regulations and the city is making it a priority to find a solution. 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 City of Lynchburg has created an interactive map to see if you're in a potential flooding area should the College Lake Dam fail.

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.

The dam was inspected last week, and they didn't find any cause for concern.

And every proposed fix would cost millions of dollars.

Crews know the dam is damaged but are working to figure out how bad it is. "But we are pretty confident at this point that the dam is stable and safe".

City officials said they found no seepage and that engineers would continue to monitor conditions around the clock.

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