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Rain causes trench at Chesterfield apartment complex

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A sinkhole, dam breach, or pipe burst slap whatever label you want on it a large hole in the ground at Crystal Lake Apartments could potentially open flood gates.

Robert Courteau lives in a unit close to the lake, he and his family aren't taking any chances.

"We are prepared for it, we have packed emergency bags just in case it decides to get worse and flood out, we are ready," Courteau said.

If that hole gets bigger water from a nearby lake could come rushing into these apartments. No evacuations had to be made overnight or this morning but officials say if the rain keeps up residents will have to be moved out.

"Basically there was a breach in the dam out there due to the large rainfall event, there was a small area about 2x4 that washed away near the embankment," Scott Dunn, Chesterfield County Environmental Engineer.

Management with Crystal Lake apartments declined to speak with us on camera today. Workers were out putting up even more barricades in the area surrounding the hole.

While the dam at this lake is not regulated by the state Conservation and Recreation engineers were on hand monitoring the area closely.

"Right now it is on the bubble of being fine and not being fine, as I said they need to get a contractor out here, I'm actually going over right now to talk to the manager about that," Steve Snell said.

Officials tell us that the breach in the dam that caused the embankment to give way has been stabilized. The actual repairs will be overseen by apartment complex.

Robert Courteau is standing in the ready just incase the worse should happen.

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