MANASSAS, Va. (CBSDC) — A level III emergency has been declared in Prince William County and some residents are being forced to evacuate their homes due to concerns over the Lake Jackson dam.
A level III emergency is defined as an extremely urgent situation where “dam failure appears imminent or is in progress.”
Declaring the emergency was a proactive measure and Prince William fire and rescue Battalion Chief Curtis Brodie said the dam was approximately six feet over its normal limit.
All-News 99.1 WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick said he could hear the dam roaring as he approached the flood zone.
Normally, residents aren’t able to hear the dam at all. If they do, they describe the sound as more of a trickle than anything.
However, the water swells from the rains transformed the typically serene stream into a torrent.
The good news, however, is that officials say the dam is beginning to recede.
InsideNova.com reports that only two homes had been evacuated as of late Tuesday morning.
The heavy rains in the area have caused a number of sink holes in the county and disrupted school bus service.
Three roads in the county have been closed due to sink holes.
- Aden Road at Misty Creek Court
- Fleetwood Drive at Slate View Court
- Trenton Court off Valley View Drive