Wivenhoe operation to blame for some flooding: class action
A PROMINENT legal firm has decided to push ahead with class action on behalf of thousands of south east Queensland flood victims.
Maurice and Blackburn will allege some homes in Brisbane and Ipswich would not have been inundated in January 2011 if the Wivenhoe Dam was operated properly.
Maurice Blackburn Class Actions principal Damian Scattini said there was now sufficient evidence to ensure a class action could proceed.
"Since the Commission of Inquiry delivered its report, we indicated that a class action is likely - we have done the necessary preparations and we have a strong case," Mr Scattini said.
"Our modelling shows that had Wivenhoe been operated properly there would not have been flooding in some areas.
"In other areas this poor operation meant flooding was much worse than it should have been.
"This evidence provides us with strong grounds to proceed with a class action."
IMF Executive Director John Walker told media in Brisbane today the firm had budgeted $10 million for preparation and the class action.
Two thousand people have signed up to the action against the State Government already.
Mr Walker urged people affected to sign up for the class action, which will be run on a no-win no-fee basis.
"Too many people lost their homes and businesses through the poor operation of Wivenhoe, and many are still struggling to recover and rebuild their lives," he said.
"This class action is about getting compensation for those people and ensuring what went wrong never happens again."
Residents in flood-affected areas will be able to attend information meetings in coming months.
For more information visit the IMF website.