Morning Update: Lynchburg Dam May Still Collapse

posted by Steve - 

The College Lake Dam still stands as he sun rises this Friday morning, but the danger is not behind us.

A Flash Flood Warning has been extended until 11:30 Friday morning for the area down stream from the Dam as officials continue to worry the dam may still fail.

The City of Lynchburg is asking residents not to drive around  barricades that have been put up due to flooded streets or downed trees.

City officials estimate that those who were evacuated might not be able to return home for a minimum of 24 hours.

The following streets are closed:

  • Lakeside Drive is closed from Old Forest Road to Moorman Drive.
  • Halsey Street
  • Hill Street
  • Greenwood Drive
  • McConville Road
  • Monticello

Detours will remain in place due to the compromised condition of the College Lake Dam.

Shelters have been open at the Salvation Army in Lynchburg, and E.C. Glass High School

Be aware that flood waters could have debris and other contaminants so you are encouraged to stay out of the water.

The Blackwater Creek Trail is closed until further notice.

More than 1,600 customers are without power in the Lynchburg area. 

According  to Appalachian Power, 360 customers in Bedford County, almost 500  customers in Campbell County, and just over 130 are without power in  Lynchburg.

Rain does continue to be in the forecast through the rest of Friday.

More updates from ABC 13


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