Wild weather damages property across State

Queenslanders have continued the clean-up after another round of summer storms battered homes and cars across the region this week.

The Courier Mail reported Tuesday’s heavy falls had flooded roads and caused power outages for hundreds of homes and businesses across southern parts of the State. More than 50mm of rain was dumped on Beenleigh and Mount Tamborine and hail was felt inland from the Sunshine Coast.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said RACQ had recorded more than 600 claims for damage to property in south east and south west Queensland and northern New South Wales since Christmas Day.

“We’ve had a wave of storms in the past week and most of the claims coming through are for storm damage to homes in the south east and for hail damage to cars in the south west of our State,” Ms Smith said. “We’re urging members who haven’t already lodged a claim to call us on 13 7202 as soon as possible so we can work to have any damage rectified.”

Ms Smith said in the aftermath of the storms, drivers should ensure they approached roads which had previously succumbed to flash flooding with caution.

“We saw roads in places including Beaudesert and Mount Tamborine go under with huge amounts of water. This poses a real issue in the coming days as the water subsides because there could be damage under the road surface that isn’t always visible,” she said.

“We’re urging all drivers to be cautious and avoid travelling on roads like this until authorities can get out and inspect and rectify any possible damage.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a medium chance of showers across much of the south east as well as possible storms on Wednesday afternoon.