Don't get complacent as storm season ends: RACQ

As storm season rolled towards an official end this month, RACQ warned Queenslanders to stay alert to severe weather conditions with the potential for wild weather far from over.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross revealed the Club had received more than 36,000 claims for home and vehicle damage from storms since 2017, with 40 percent of those falling in ‘off season’, between April and September. 

“It might feel like the worst of summer is behind us, but we receive almost one third of our claims for storm damage in ‘off season’,” Ms Ross said. 

“We need Queenslanders to get out there and clean their yard and gutters, secure loose items and make sure any necessary repairs have been made to rooves and windows. Make sure water can flow freely through your gutters to ensure water doesn’t pool and cause extra damage.

“It’s also really important you talk to your insurer about what you’re covered for and update your agreed value for any new items you may have purchased or even sold.”

Ms Ross said while the Club saw at least 600 claims for home and 100 claims for motor damage every month, April was one of the worst months on record.

“While it’s the shortest month of the year, February is where we see the most damage happen to homes and cars, with April a close second,” she said.

“Since 2017, more than 6,000 homeowners have had to claim for damage in February with nearly 5,500 claims in April. 

“If you get caught out by a storm, make sure to take plenty of photos and call your insurer before starting the clean-up process.”