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Lynchburg Floods: Evacuation Orders In Virginia Town After Dam Warning

Evacuation orders have been issued in parts of Lynchburg, Virginia, over fears a dam could fail amid unusually heavy rainfall.

The College Lake Dam exceeded its capacity after up to 6in (15cm) of rain fell on Thursday evening, Lynchburg Water Resources Department said.

The city of Lynchburg is the closest settlement downstream of the structure.

If the dam fails completely, 17ft (5m) of water could flood it in seven minutes, the National Water Service said.

Lynchburg has a population of about 80,000 and lies in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“This remains a dangerous situation!” said the National Weather Service report.

“Obey all orders by emergency personnel if instructed to evacuate the area downstream of the College Lake Dam.”

“More rain is expected across the area through Friday, which can keep the dam failure risk high,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

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