17 Mile Dam

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The Seventeen Mile Dam was constructed as part of the Camballin Irrigation Scheme by the Public Works Department of Western Australia.

It is now in a derelict state after years of floods have eroded its foundations. The dam was built across Uralla Creek, designed to hold water against its natural flow.

One employee died during a large flood after the boat he was in was swept over the spillway leaving the surviving employee to run the seventeen miles back to town to raise the alarm.[citation needed]

The dam is particularly shallow and was designed to hold 5,400,000 cubic metres (190,000,000 cu ft) of water. It was completed in 1957, built by the Public Works Department of Western Australia.

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Coordinates: 18°03′54″S 124°19′15″E / 18.0651°S 124.3209°E / -18.0651; 124.3209