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Farmers launch class action over flood damages

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A group of farmers and property owners along the Assiniboine River has launched a class action against the Manitoba government for damages they suffered during the 2011 flood.

In documents filed recently at Queen’s Bench, the farmers said they only resorted to court action when the Selinger government repeatedly refused to fairly compensate them for the damages they suffered as a result of the dike-building efforts along the Assiniboine between March and October 2011.

Flood Fight

The group wants the courts to recognize the proceedings as a class-action lawsuit, which would automatically include all affected property owners, estimated to number in the hundreds.

The provincial government has not yet answered any questions concerning the legal action.

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Updated on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM CDT: adds government's non-response

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