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Emergency officials in Lynchburg, Va., say that a dam built in 1934, College Lake Dam, reached a critical flood level stage at 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, August 2.
As a Stage 3 level emergency, this flooding required evacuations of residences located down-stream from the dam.
The most recent update provided by the city as of 5:30 p.m., Friday, stated, “Engineers completed their conditional assessment this morning, August 3, and determined the structure is currently stable and that there is no immediate fear of dam failure. They will continue to monitor the conditions of the structure around the clock in order to determine embankment stability and dam safety.”
Tomorrow morning, Saturday, August 4, crews will open a small sluice on the spillway in order to begin dewatering the reservoir. Once the water levels are lowered, then initial repairs can begin on the dam embankment and the roadway.
Residents who have been evacuated will not be able to return to their homes until further notice. Officials hope to announce a possible return time frame by the end of the day tomorrow, Saturday, August 4.
Evacuation areas are being monitored by the Lynchburg Police Department.
Motorists and pedestrians are asked to not cross barricades for the safety of residents and first responders.
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