Flash Flood Watch canceled early for area that includes Lynchburg’s College Lake Dam
LYNCHBURG, Va. – UPDATEThe National Weather Service has canceled a Flash Flood Watch for a portion of Central Virginia that includes Amherst and Campbell counties along Blackwater Creek below College Lake Dam. Dam operators at College Lake Dam on the Blackwater Creek reported that the dam no longer poses a potential flooding threat. The NWS canceled the flash flood watch early; it was originally expected to go until 2 a.m. ORIGINAL STORYThe National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Flash Flood Watch and says that structural concerns have been reported at Lynchburg’s College Lake Dam. The Flash Flood Watch covers parts of Amherst and Campbell counties along Blackwater Creek below College Lake Dam.
College Lake Dam removal plans detailed in virtual town hall
LYNCHBURG, Va. – On Thursday, leaders in Lynchburg hosted a virtual town hall for the removal of College Lake Dam. The aging dam is a hazard, and just this week with another heavy rain, all eyes were on it. “That’s the night that we had a significant rainstorm come through our community and dump a significant amount of rain in the college lake watershed, that’s where we saw college lake overtop and come very close to failure," Lynchburg water quality manager Erin Hawkins said. The removal is a massive undertaking in partnership with the University of Lynchburg. “It will allow us to build a more sustainable system through this area that carries the drainage area that actually comes into College Lake," Hawkins said.
What’s News Today: College Lake Dam removal, virtual craft fair
Wytheville Community College holds an in-person advising and registration day for the spring semester. The YMCA at Virginia Tech kicks off its Virtual Craft Fair today. Lynchburg’s Water Resources Department holds a virtual town hall today about removing the College Lake Dam. The Virginia Department of Education will hold a PreK through 12th grade briefing for legislators today. Roanoke County leaders will deliver the State of the County Address today.
Lynchburg officials say College Lake Dam is not near failing
LYNCHBURG, Va. – UPDATEThe Flash Flood Warning for College Lake Dam in parts of Lynchburg has been canceled by the National Weather Service. UPDATEContrary to the National Weather Service’s warning, Lynchburg officials said College Lake Dam is not in danger. Director of Water Resources for the City of Lynchburg, Tim Mitchell, told 10 News the dam is not beginning to fail. The National Weather Service has mistakenly reported that there has been a break in the College Lake... Posted by City of Lynchburg, Virginia Government on Wednesday, November 11, 2020ORIGINAL STORYThe National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning in effect for the potential failure of the College Lake Dam in Lynchburg Wednesday afternoon. According to the official warning, dam operators reported the potential failure and life-threatening flash flooding at 1:09 p.m.Officials say if the dam does fail, the water depth would rise 17 feet in seven minutes.
Lynchburg Water Resources shares more about plan to remove College Lake Dam
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Lynchburg is looking to remove the College Lake Dam, which officials say is hazardous to the community. The city’s Water Resources department just launched a website to inform the community on the new project. Lynchburg Water Resources looks to start construction early 2023, once the Lakeside Bridge construction is complete. “The spillway of College Lake Dam, if it were built today, would need to be 12 times the size of what it currently is,” said Erin Hawkins, the project manager. Lynchburg Water Resources will host a virtual town hall next week for members of the community.