Statement regarding 620 Collins Street

The City of Melbourne has today reopened a relief centre at Melbourne Town Hall following the evacuation of an apartment building at 620 Collins Street on Sunday.

The City of Melbourne’s Municipal Building Surveyor issued an emergency order at around 11pm on Sunday after flooding of the basement damaged the building’s electrical systems, which caused a power outage to the entire building including the lifts.

It is likely to take up to 72 hours for the building to be declared safe to occupy due to the extent of damage to the building’s essential safety measures.

The relief centre reopened at 9am on Monday morning to support residents affected while the emergency order remains in place. The relief centre is located in Swanston Hall on the ground floor of Melbourne Town Hall.

The City of Melbourne closed the relief centre at 3am on Monday morning after helping several residents to find temporary overnight hotel accommodation.

Some residents were allowed to return to the building briefly to collect vital possessions last night. 

Our Municipal Building Surveyor is on site and working closely with the owners’ corporation, Victoria Police and other relevant authorities.

The City of Melbourne and the Department of Health and Human Services are providing assistance at the relief centre.

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