Decade-long flood damage case in court
The City and its insurer have endeavoured to reach a suitable outcome. Michael Cole
A decade-long legal battle between an Albany woman and the City of Albany over a flooding dispute will continue in the WA Supreme Court next week.
Catherine Ziverts launched civil action against the City after her property suffered severe flooding damage, which began in 2007 and which she claimed was because of faulty drainage and the resulting flooding of Yakamia Creek.
The matter is set for another hearing next Tuesday.
City of Albany acting chief executive Michael Cole said in a statement the City could not comment on the current status of the court proceedings.
“Ultimately this is a matter for the legal process to determine, however the City remains committed to reaching an agreement,” he said.
“Following a number of attempts to settle the matter, the issue is still subject to legal proceedings and at this point in time the City is not able to comment further on the status.”
Ms Ziverts faced bankruptcy after her home in Denmark was repossessed in 2015.
She was unable to sell the Beaufort Road property despite interest from potential buyers because the flooding had not been remedied.
Mr Cole said the section of drainage in question on the property had not been fixed.
“The City and its insurer have endeavoured to reach a suitable outcome which would have allowed the City to address the drainage issue, but at this stage agreement has not been reached on a way forward,” he said.
Ms Ziverts declined to comment.