Heavy rains in recent days, along with added precipitation on Thursday, resulted in flooding throughout Lynchburg, Virginia. Local officials had particular concerns on the stability of the dam at College Lake, leading to the evacuation of 124 residences. In addition to a shelter set up at a local high school, residents of the Sandusky Apartments were evacuated to The Salvation Army Center of Hope in Lynchburg. Once they arrived they were able to contact family and friends to find lodging, but two families did stay the night.
Lynchburg is under a continuing flash flood warning and the dam is being monitored since nearby creeks may rise several feet with heavy currents. Local news outlets were reporting that the National Weather Service officials warned that if a complete dam failure occurs, “the water depth in Lynchburg could exceed 17 feet in seven minutes.” Forecasts call for additional rain, so The Salvation Army in Lynchburg is there to assist as the need arises. The Salvation Army Center of Hope serves neighbors in Lynchburg, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson counties.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.