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Lake Manitoba homeowners plan to sue province

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WINNIPEG -- Home and cottage owners whose Lake Manitoba properties were devastated by flooding last year say they are organizing a class-action lawsuit against the province.

Dennis Turek of the Twin Lakes Beach Association says it was a man-made flood that cause "horrendous damage" all along the south basin. The province ran the Portage Diversion well over capacity last spring, trying to drain as much water as possible off the flooding Assiniboine River before it reached vulnerable dikes near Winnipeg.

A windstorm on May 31, 2011, sent walls of water crashing into many communities, destroying hundreds of homes and cottages.

Manitoba's NDP government promised compensation but many are unhappy with the process so far, with about 400 people filing appeals of what they've been offered.

Rudi Kitsch hopes the legal action will give him another option for compensation.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 30, 2012 A2

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