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Lynchburg, Virginia could be underneath 17 feet of H2O in 7 mins if dam fails

Lynchburg, Virginia officials systematic evacuations Thursday in a area of Black Creek Trail over fears of a College Lake Dam will destroy in a complicated flooding. Heavy rains have caused rising H2O and crews are regulating caution, CBS Roanoke associate WDBJ reports.

According to a National Weather Service, a Lynchburg Water Resources Department reported 4 to 6 inches of sleet progressing Thursday dusk caused a College Lake Dam to fill over a capacity. Twelve to 18 inches of H2O are issuing over Lakeside Drive into Blackwater Creek. 

The nearest downstream city from a dam is Lynchburg. The National Weather Service pronounced if finish disaster of a dam occurs, “the H2O abyss in Lynchburg could surpass 17 feet in 7 minutes.”  

County officials reported a dam’s “imminent failure” during around 9:30 p.m. They were still looking for signs of constructional disaster early Friday as H2O spilling over a dam, melancholy about 124 houses in a city of 80,000.

Local glow and military were promulgation boats to rescue people to area shelters. A peep inundate watch was in outcome until 11 a.m.

Officials contend people who were evacuated might not be means to lapse to their homes for during slightest 24 hours, WDBJ reports.  

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

There were also peep inundate warnings released for a Atlanta area, while a East Coast from northern Georgia to executive Pennsylvania was underneath a peep inundate watch.   

Article source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/college-lake-dam-lynchburg-virginia-flooding-tonight-2018-08-02/