Brisbane southside hit hardest by storms
With temperatures starting to rise across the Sunshine State, Suncorp is urging residents not to fall into a ‘false sense of security’ as the upcoming storm season approaches.
Despite only a small number of severe weather events passing through south-east Queensland last storm season (October – February), new Suncorp claims data revealed south Brisbane was the worst-affected region across the State for storm-related claims (1,834).
Greenbank, Forest Lake and Crestmead topped the list for the worst-hit suburbs on the southside, while the northside finished the season with only half the number of claims (954) as suburbs south of the river.
The Sunshine Coast came in second (1,761) followed by the Gold Coast (1,416), which Suncorp spokesperson Joshua Cooney said may be surprising for residents given the small volume of memorable storms experienced last summer.
“There’s no denying summer storms are a part of life for people living in Queensland which means every year we should be prepared,” said Mr Cooney.
“No two seasons are the same and as our claims data shows, even low scale weather events can have a big impact.
“Now is the time for people to turn their attention to how they can protect their homes, family and neighbourhood for these weather events in the months ahead.”
With the large portion of 2017-18 storm season claims being caused by wind or rain, Mr Cooney strongly encouraged residents to prepare their properties now.
“Past events have proven that early preparation can make a big difference. Simple activities like removing debris from around the yard, cleaning gutters and trimming any low-hanging branches can help reduce possible damage during a storm.
“It’s also important to update emergency kits and ensure insurance policies are up to date.”
#2017/18 south-east Queensland hotspots
Greenbank, Forest Lake, Crestmead, Cleveland, Carindale
Buderim, Ocean View, Maroochydore, Noosaville, Coolum Beach
Jimboomba, Tamborine, Burleigh Waters, Upper Coomera, Helensvale
Kenmore, The Gap, Chapel Hill, Albany Creek, Ashgrove
Gatton, Brassall, Redbank Plains, Bellbird Park, Boonah