Lynchburg activates 'Emergency Action Plan' ahead of potential hurricane flooding


    LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Lynchburg Department of Water Resources said it has activated their 'Emergency Action Plan' ahead of localized flooding due to Hurricane Michael.

    At 11 a.m. Thursday, October 11, their staff started inspecting the College Lake dam on an hourly basis.

    The City of Lynchburg is under a flash flood watch until 5 a.m. Friday, a wind advisory until 11 a.m. Friday, and also a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Thursday.

    Lynchburg Water Resources Public Information Officer, Jes Gearing said the plan allows them to monitor and proactively respond to any concerns that may arise.

    Flooding in August overtopped the dam and resulted in evacuation of homes downstream.

    Instead of filling the lake and fixing the dam, the city said it will now transition the lakebed into a wetlands ecosystem featuring an urban wetlands learning laboratory, where students, residents, tourists, and other schools can study urban wetland ecology and enjoy time in nature.

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