STORM CLAIMS PASS $800 MILLION
8 December 2014,
THE CATASTROPHIC weather event that ripped through Brisbane two weeks ago has accrued a damage bill of more than $800 million, reports the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).
86,800 claims have been lodged by property and motor vehicle owners affected by the hailstorm - 22,000 for house and contents policies, 4000 for commercial property and business, 58,000 for domestic motor vehicles and 2800 commercial motor claims.
In one of the biggest storms of the past few decades, at its height more than 90,000 homes across Brisbane were without power, planes were flipped at Archerfield airport, homes torn through and flash flooding occurred throughout the region.
"Brisbane is a large urbanised international city with plenty of trades, services and supplies available and insurers are not expecting significant delays to the recovery-repair process," Mr Whelan says.
"With this number of claims we ask residents and motor vehicle owners to be patient as insurers work through the claims process.
"We urge affected policyholders to lodge their claim and work with the insurer to finalise quotes and repairs promptly."
Queensland premier Campbell Newman echoed this sentiment regarding the storms scope.
"The belief is that this is bigger than The Gap storm (2008), I think that's safe to say," says Newman. "I'm calling it the biggest storm to hit Brisbane since 1985."
The ICA's disaster hotline is 1800 734 621. Insurers are prioritising claims from the hailstorm.