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Collapse of endangered dam would leave parts of Lynchburg, Va., under 17 feet of water

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Lynchburg, Va. in danger of dam collapse

Officials in Lynchburg, in south-central Virginia, warned that a local dam faced "imminent failure," and its collapse would inundate parts of the city with 17 feet of water in just seven minutes.

Most at risk were some 124 houses in the city of 80,000. Lynchburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 50 miles from Roanoke. It is host to several institutions of higher education, including the University of Lynchburg and Liberty University.

County officials, who reported the College Lake Dam was near collapse late Thursday, were looking for signs of structural failure early Friday as water continued to spill over the structure. The dam has been under survey for years as a safety hazard.

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