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Storm Hit Residents Receive Some Bad News


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Around 7,500 insurance claims have been filed since a wild storm hit the Sunshine Coast and the wider south east on the weekend.

Hail stones the size of golf balls hit properties and cars, smashing windscreens and damaging panels on Sunday.  Quite a few homes were badly damaged in Caloundra West in a previous severe storm last month as well, meaning it was a double whammy for some. 

Campbell Fuller from the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) said it is estimated the damage bill will hit $60 million as the claims continue to roll in.  

"About 6,000 of those claims are actually for damage to motor vehicles, in particular private cars and also cars that are in car dealerships, so it's a significant number of vehicles that have been damaged" he said.  

Some locals have broken windows and letterboxes, missing render, damaged roofs and cars and Mr Fuller from the ICA your insurer can help sort through the nitty gritty.  "Even if you aren't fully aware of the extent of the damage, at least you can get that claims process moving and then an insurer can send an assessor out to your property and your property can have a once over and work out exactly what needs to be done."

Quite a few in the Aura, Bells Creek and Bells Reach areas were hit by this and an earlier storm last month and suffered damage but Mr Fuller said they will have to file separate claims which means double the excess.

"They're separate claims, they're not part of the same claim process; you're making a claim for a separate event so they don't roll over; insurers will be looking for ways of making sure there's economies of scale so they'll take previous claims into consideration when looking at the repairs that are required" he explained. 

He also said we should close the door on anyone showing up at our door and offering to do repairs.

"We're also seeing storm chasers door knocking in these natural disaster zones and offering to do emergency repairs for cash and the recommendation there is to send those people on their way; the work is usually poorly done and it won't be covered by the insurers" he said.  

By Michelle Brewer