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Flash flood warning for Lynchburg extended until 2 a.m. Saturday

This extends the alert from expiring at 6 p.m. Friday

ROANOKE, Va – The flash flood warning for Lynchburg is now lasting until 2 a.m. Saturday.

At 5:48 p.m., Lynchburg Emergency Management reported that water is holding within the shores of College Lake.

While the situation continues to remain stable, emergency officials will monitor the dam through the overnight hours and draining will commence Saturday morning.

As a result, the National Weather Services has extended the flash flood warning as a precaution.


A flash flood warning now remains in effect until 6 p.m. for the city of Lynchburg.

CLICK HERE for a list of current road closures.

The potential for more heavy rain continues into the morning. A Flash Flood Watch for the potential for more heavy rain later today continues until 8 P.M. for the entire area. A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for flash flooding. Turn around don't drown.

PHOTOS: Severe flooding causes road closures, forces evacuations

**Update from the National Weather Service through emergency management on the College Lake Dam:  

* AT 1002 AM EDT, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED THAT 4 TO 6 INCHES OF RAIN OVERNIGHT HAS CAUSED COLLEGE LAKE DAM TO REMAIN ABOVE ITS CAPACITY. ALTHOUGH WATER LEVELS HAVE DECREASED, THE THREAT FOR DAM FAILURE CONTINUES. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WILL CHECK THE DAM FOR SIGNS OF STRUCTURAL FAILURE TODAY. THUS THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING MAY NEED TO BE EXTENDED AGAIN LATER TODAY. * SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... LYNCHBURG.THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING STREAMS AND DRAINAGES...JAMES RIVER...BLACKWATER CREEK...AND IVY CREEK.


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