Lynchburg floods: Flooding fears spark evacuations in US city

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Evacuation orders have been issued in elements of Lynchburg, Virginia, over fears a dam could fail amid flooding.

The School Lake Dam exceeded its capability after as much as 6in (15cm) of rain fell on Thursday night, Lynchburg Water Assets Division mentioned.

Town of Lynchburg is the closest settlement downstream of the construction.

If the dam fails utterly, 17ft (5m) of water might flood it in seven minutes, the Nationwide Water Service mentioned.

Lynchburg has a inhabitants of about 80,000 and lies within the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Heavy rains have flooded roads within the space

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Dozens of households have been advised to evacuate

Officers have warned residents to not drive down flooded streets, including that the floodwater could include particles.

Native outlet WDBJ7 mentioned various individuals whose properties have been deemed to be in danger had been evacuated to close by faculties, together with their pets. They’ve been suggested to not go dwelling for at the least 24 hours.

Some 124 households have been urged to evacuate, Lynchburg’s Division of Emergency Companies mentioned.

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