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Deception Bay flooding prompts residents to seek legal advice

The Queensland Government will investigate claims that the new railway line development project was responsible for the excessive flooding that occurred in Deception Bay on 1st May, 2015. Reports indicate that around 100 homes in Deception Bay, Rothwell, Mango Hill and Caboolture were flooded, causing widespread property damage and forcing residents to seek legal advice.

Shine Lawyers are disaster insurance claim experts and as a result of these floods have been receiving enquiries from Moreton Bay residents who have come forward to investigate their legal rights in light of the damage. Some of these residents have suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage and have been left stranded and unable to return to their homes. Shine Lawyers is now investigating the potential for legal action on their behalf.

"Affected residents may be entitled to commence legal action against the Council and third parties for approving developments with inadequate drainage management systems,” said Shine Lawyers Disaster Insurance Recovery expert George Newhouse.

“If our investigations show that the Council, developers and engineers responsible designed and built a system that allowed residents’ properties to be flooded, residents may be entitled to compensation for the damage and loss they’ve suffered.”

"For those residents with insurance policies – don’t just accept it if your insurance company says there’s a flood exclusion in your policy. From the information we’ve been given, this flooding looks to have been caused by storm water which may be covered under your policy." Shine Lawyers is currently acting for flood-affected North Queensland residents whose properties have been damaged in similar circumstances. This is not the first case we’ve seen where new developments have caused a catchment to experience flash flooding during heavy rainfall.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: May 4, 2015.

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