In a truly positive sign, Lynchburg Water reports that the sluice has been opened at College Lake Dam. The plan is to gradually lower water levels of the lake, decreasing the pressure on the dam. This will allow repairs to be made.
With this positive step, the National Weather Service has lifted the Flash Flood Warning for the City of Lynchburg.
The 'All Clear' has still not been given. The city is asking evacuees not to return to their homes just yet. The City Of Lynchburg will issue a statement at 1pm concerning the status of the evacuation.
Lakside Dr, which passes over the dam remains closed, and will likely not reopen for at least a week.
This is a developing story, refresh for updates.
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE LYNCHBURG DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA 957 AM EDT SAT AUG 4 2018
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE LYNCHBURG DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES.
THE LYNCHBURG DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES REPORTED THAT WATER IS HOLDING WITHIN THE BANKS OF COLLEGE LAKE. WHILE THE SITUATION CONTINUES TO REMAIN STABLE, EMERGENCY OFFICIALS ARE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THE DAM AS WATER IS RELEASED TODAY.
LYNCHBURG DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES ASKS THAT EVACUEES NOT RETURN TO THEIR HOMES UNTIL ADVISED BY LOCAL OFFICIALS.
We have opened the sluice at the College Lake Dam and have begun slowly lowering reservoir levels in order to make repairs. pic.twitter.com/IQa1iNA8fI— Lynchburg Water (@LynchburgH20) August 4, 2018
GOOD NEWS: The Flash Flood Warning for the Blackwater Creek area is canceled.— ABC 13 News - WSET (@ABC13News) August 4, 2018
The City of Lynchburg will have a press update at 1 p.m. on if there is an all clear on evacuation. pic.twitter.com/i2Txb93f8C