Evacuations are underway after the floods in Virginia
Dam could collapse and flood the city with 17 feet of water.
Massive evacuations have been ordered in Virginia city after a deluge of rain overnight sparked fears that a nearby dam could overflow and spread to the top of 17 inches of water in only seven minutes.
The authorities have evacuated parts of Lynchburg, Va., in preparation of what officials of the province is reported as the “imminent failure” of the College Lake Dam. They are still looking for signs of structural failure early Friday when water spills over the dam, threatening about 124 homes in the city of 80,000 people.
We have a crew on the scene in Lynchburg, where somewhere between 12 and 18 inches of water flowing over a number of roads. Lakeside Drive and Blackwater Creek are experiencing flooding. pic.twitter.com/wwdn5AOw9x
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The National Weather Service said up to six inches of rain fell within one hour, fill out College More than the capacity.
Officials have opened a local high school as a temporary shelter and the Red Cross of Virginia is working to stock the shelter with supplies, FOX station WFXR-TV in Roanoke reported.
Photos and videos posted on social media showed water flowing from the College.
“It’s pretty much sick. I can’t believe that. It is the worst I’ve seen in the eight years I’ve lived here,” Jeff Saunders, who came home to his top floor apartment, in search of water reach his front door, told the News & Advance of Lynchburg. “I’m just relieved [of people who are saved] are OK.”
It is unclear how many people were evacuated, but emergency response officials have started sending boats and squads to rescue people as roads various roads were already flooded.
According to the News & Advance, 15 residents, including children, have been rescued from the flooded area.
The NWS issued a flash flood watch for the area, that lasts until the beginning of the Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.