By Meg Hill
The Liberty Tower apartment building at 620 Collins Street was evacuated late on June 23 at after a water main burst and flooded the basement.
The water reportedly caused the electricity, heating and lifts to stop working.
All 240 units were evacuated and a relief centre was set up at Melbourne Town Hall.
The emergency order read: “The basement was subjected to flooding and compromised the electrical systems and all essential safety measures installed in the building are rendered inoperable as a result.”
The flood cut off the fire system.
At the time of publishing the July edition of CBD News, the cause of the water burst remained unknown. It is expected residents will be locked out for 72 hours.
The 28-floor building was built in 2002.