Rain in Lynchburg unlikely to cause a repeat of 2018

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg Water Resources is keeping an eye on the intensity and the duration of the storm, but they say there’s little cause for concern.

Officials say they have water level sensors and cameras that they’re using to keep track of how much water is in the lake in real time.

Alarms will notify them if there’s anything to be worried about, and they’ll alert the public if need be.

They say the rate of rainfall is nothing like what happened in August of 2018, when part of College Lake Dam broke and 150 people were evacuated.

“We don’t typically see the issues that we would have if this were in a very short time period,” said Erin Hawkins, the Water Quality Manager with the City of Lynchburg. “If you remember back to august in 2018, that rain event came in a matter of hours, and we’re looking at a matter of days with this rain event, and not as much rain.”

The city is under a flood watch. Hawkins told WFXR News that smaller creeks will rise quickly, and there may be some localized flooding.

Crews with Lynchburg Water Resources have been responding to calls about flooding, and those crews have been responding by clearing out clogged drains and allowing the water to flow.

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