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Lynchburg residents evacuated as flood waters overtop dam

Lynchburg residents evacuated as flood waters overtop dam

"Should a dam failure occur, water along Blackwater and Ivy Creeks may rise several feet within a few minutes, with very swift currents", the bulletin said.

Photos from Thursday showed muddy water deluging the dam and the road that separates College Lake from Blackwater Creek, while rescuers were shown using rafts to ferry people from their apartments to safety.

The University of Lynchburg, which is near the lake, said it has not ordered an evacuation because it is not downstream of the dam, according to affiliate WSLS in Roanoke.

Officials in Lynchburg, in south-central Virginia, pronounced an endangered dam as "stable and safe" Friday afternoon, hours after they had warned the dam faced "imminent failure".

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Officials say people who were evacuated may not be able to return to their homes for at least 24 hours, WDBJ reports.

The weather service said that College Lake was at "near capacity" after up to 15 centimetres of rain fell on Thursday evening (Friday NZT).

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.

There is some good news in the forecast: Following two weeks of relentlessly wet weather in the eastern usa, a drier weather pattern will move in over the weekend and into early next week, AccuWeather said.

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A flash flood watch is in effect in the area until 11 a.m. The original surface area of the lake was reported to be 44 acres and has been reduced to 19 acres due to sedimentation.

The following is a list of block ranges that would be affected in the event of a dam break.

The Lynchburg Sheriff's Office has opened an area auditorium for evacuees - including pets - to spend the night. Pets are also allowed.

The heavy rain in Virginia is part of a sprawling weather system bringing the threat of flooding all the way from the Carolinas to New England.

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