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Dam engineer worried about 'embarrassment'

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December 05, 2017

Rebecca Gilsenan says floods wouldn't have been so bad if dam operation manuals were followed.

Peak dam water releases during Queensland's 2011 floods would have been halved if engineers had followed their dam manual and taken heed of rainfall forecasts, class-action lawyers say.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn is representing about 6000 individuals and businesses affected by the deluge and this week began a trial in the NSW Supreme Court, arguing engineers should have paid attention to all forecasts available rather than making decisions based on the rain that had actually fallen.

"What we say is that the peak release rates, if they had taken into account what was approaching, would have been half of what they were," Maurice Blackburn class action principal Rebecca Gilsenan told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the second day of hearings.

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