On Sept. 24th, the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors approved an important resolution in support of Rainbow Forest Lake dam. After Rainbow Forest Lake resident Mike Lubosch spoke before the Supervisors in late June asking that Rainbow Forest Drive over the beleaguered dam be abandoned, something happened. “The Virginia Association of Counties following the Forest Lake dam receiving similar closure notice for a 1,000 year flood banded together and spoke to the issue.” said Billy Martin, Blue Ridge Supervisor. He asked for a resolution in support of the VaCo attempt to have the General Assembly revise the dam requirements.
Rainbow Forest Lake has been scheduled to be breached, had water levels lowered and been a source of consternation with the Dam Safety Commission and Dept. of Conservation and Recreation out of Richmond since 1996.
Over the past ten years several different presidents of the Rainbow Forest Lake Association have attempted along with the RFLA membership to get funds raised and fix the problems noted by DCR’s Tom Roberts. Del. Lacey Putney secured the funds to fix over $400,000 worth of problems Roberts found with the dam, though the yearly inspectors of the dam have found it to be safe according to documents Mike Lubosch had on hand. The cost is now estimated at $901,000 to fix the dam up to 1,000 years standards.
The resolution was adopted unanimously and sent to all members of of the County’s General Assembly representatives, Gov. Bob McDonnel and the Roanoke River Basin Authority.