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Report findings link local construction to Deception Bay floods

A report commissioned by Shine Lawyers Disaster Recovery team has revealed the recent construction in the Deception Bay area may have contributed to the flooding of local homes and businesses.

The preliminary findings of the report observed by a hydrological expert indicate that an embankment built across the flow path between the north and south bound lanes of Anzac Avenue could have reduced the flood conveyance capacity of the drainage structures underneath this road. The structures may have prevented the flood flows from discharging freely from the northern side of the road to the southern side of the road.

As a result, many homes and businesses were severely damaged by flood waters, a problem that locals say has never occurred in this area until the construction works near Anzac Avenue began.

Shine Lawyers Disaster Insurance Recovery team head, George Newhouse said, “If the construction works did contribute to the size and depth of the flood then locals may be able to make a claim for their losses.”

Mr Newhouse urges all affected residents to check their insurance policies to confirm whether the cost of alternative accommodation and clean-up was covered.

“We want to get to the bottom of this for everyone’s benefit,” he said.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: May 18, 2015.

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