By Alison Bevege For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 16:25 BST, 2 October 2020 | Updated: 16:25 BST, 2 October 2020
Terrified residents are preparing to flee their homes over fears a nearby dam could burst any second.
Emergency crews swarmed Torquay, Victoria, at midnight on Friday as concern was raised over the leaking dam.
Kate Earnshaw, a resident of Pintail Drive, Torquay, said emergency services had briefed them about the issue about 9pm on Friday.
State Emergency Service volunteers and firefighters standing on Pintail Drive, Torquay at midnight on Friday as they prepared for potential emergency evacuations over fears a nearby dam could collapse. Picture: Kate Earnshaw
However, at 11pm they returned to tell the residents to pack their bags and get ready to evacuate if necessary within the hour, Ms Earnshaw said.
At 12.30am on Saturday morning, the mother-of-two spoke to Daily Mail Australia as she stood outside on her street with her bags packed watching the dam wall nervously.
'I'm just standing here with my neighbour,' she said.
'It's 180,000 megalitres of water, that's 20m deep, that is seeping out at the edges at the moment and they're worried that the edges are going to drop, and that it will just seep out and burst completely.'