Thousands to Join Flood Class Action

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Byline: Ava Benny-Morrison

THOUSANDS of flood victims in Ipswich and Brisbane are expected to join a class action against the Queensland Government after experts determined the great 2011 flood inundated properties that should have been spared.

About 4000 people have already registered with the Maurice Blackburn-led class action.

After extensive modelling and analysis, the law firm claimed Wivenhoe Dam operators withheld too much water for too long.

C[pounds sterling]This allowed the reservoir to rise too high and then didnCOt have sufficient storage capacity,C[yen] Maurice Blackburn class actions principal Damian Scattini said.

C[pounds sterling]When it was too late they let too much water go at once,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Many people have lost everything, so this is their last hope to recover what they lost at no fault of their own.C[yen]

Mr Scattini said the Ipswich CBD should not have flooded, along with parts of Brisbane.

The no-win no-fee class action is expected to be lodged about April and could last two or three years. …