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College Lake Dam considered stable after conditions assessment

(WDBJ)
Published: Aug. 3, 2018 at 12:58 PM EDT
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UPDATE:

5:30 p.m.

Officials say "there is no immediate fear of dam failure." Crews say they are working to monitor the condition of the dam to ensure embankment stability and dam safety.

UPDATE:

4:00 p.m.

At the afternoon press conference, Lynchburg officials stated that the dam is stable. They say that more rain is expected to head to that area Friday, but they will be monitoring the dam.

Officials say they have not yet given an all clear, so they are urging everyone who had to evacuate to stay where they are.

They say that out of all 150 people who evacuated, all were able to make it to shelters.

The shelter at E.C. Glass High School will remain open to anyone who needs shelter throughout the coming days.

Officials are reminding everyone to not move the barricades on the roads and to avoid the area at all costs.

Lynchburg officials are examining a dam modification process to drain water from the dam and to eventually allow both lanes of road to open to traffic.

ORIGINAL STORY:

According to Lynchburg Water Resources, College Lake Dam is considered stable after a conditions assessment was preformed Friday afternoon.

After engineers preformed the assessment on the dam, they found there was no seepage in the area. Officials are working to create a plan to keep the dam stabilized which may include opening the sluice gate to reduce the water levels. Crews are making it their top priority to keep the dam stabilized.

Additionally, Community Development officials will be assessing buildings to ensure they are safe for people to return to.

A press conference is scheduled to be held at 3 p.m. for an update.