Report recommends CMC investigation
THREE engineers who were in charge of southeast Queensland's biggest dam at the height of the 2011 flood face potential criminal charges, after an inquiry called on the Crime and Misconduct Commission to examine the accuracy of their post-flood reports and testimony.
The long-awaited report of the $15 million flood inquiry, handed to Premier Anna Bligh today, says the commission of inquiry has found non-compliance with the manual under which Wivenhoe Dam was supposed to be operated ahead of the January 2011 flood that swamped Brisbane and Ipswich.
Ms Bligh has vowed, if re-elected, to implement the report "in its entirety, lock stock and barrel". She said 136 of the 177 recommendations related to the state government.
Ms Bligh said the finding about a breach of the dam manual did open the potential for legal action against Seqwater but it did not of itself establish legal liability.
"Seqwater has its own commercial insurance and it will be through their insurance that they work through any claims against them," she said.