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Residents evacuated over fears Torquay dam could ‘catastrophically fail’

Dozens of homes south of Geelong have been evacuated over fears a 180 megalitre dam could burst. The Victorian SES has been working through the night at the Torquay facility, having been warned the dam was at risk of a “catastrophic failure” after the Pintail Drive unit started leaking.At least ten Country Fire Authorities crews…

Dozens of homes south of Geelong have been evacuated over fears a 180 megalitre dam could burst.

The Victorian SES has been working through the night at the Torquay facility, having been warned the dam was at risk of a “catastrophic failure” after the Pintail Drive unit started leaking.

At least ten Country Fire Authorities crews are on Saturday morning attempting to reduce the water level by using a large pump.

Dam engineers have warned there is potential for a catastrophic failure, prompting authorities to evacuate more than 100 local residents from about 40 houses out of the area.

“Emergency Services are on scene at a private dam located near South Beach Road and Pintail Drive, Torquay,” Victoria SES said in an alert.

“Leaks have been reported coming from the dam and relevant agencies are on scene assessing the situation and potential consequences.

“There is an immediate threat to a limited number of community members in the vicinity. Victoria Police are providing advice directly to affected residents.”

It is being reported that water has reached at least two homes.

A community meeting will be held this afternoon where affected residents will be updated.

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