Retirees join action against Callide Dam management
RETIREE Glen Livingstone needs to sell his home, but after the Callide floods he says he won't even be able to give it away.
The Jambin man is joining the class action against SunWater for the management of the Callide Dam in the lead-up to Cyclone Marcia.
When the dam reached 90% capacity the spill gates opened and sent the equivalent of 1.8 Olympic swimming pools of water out of the spillway each second.
Mr Livingstone was forced into early retirement last year after he was classed as an "unacceptable risk" by a former employer because of his chronic heart problem.
He said that meant he and his wife had to sell their home because they couldn't afford the mortgage repayments. "It was a $500,000 home and now it is worth nothing. Within 12 months we won't be able to afford the repayments and we will lose everything," he said.
After the 2013 floods, he raised his house to prepare for future flooding, but it wasn't enough. The dam operators should have been able to release water before the cyclone hit, he said. "We still don't have a toilet or plumbing. We had tractors that have gone under. We lost hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of stuff," he said.