Tropical Cyclone Debbie – two weeks on

RACQ members are beginning the arduous task of cleaning up, assessing the damage and starting to rebuild their lives two weeks on from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

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RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said the Club had received 4,496 insurance claims so far.

“We expect this number to continue to increase for some time to come,” Ms Smith said.

“Many people are still only beginning to return home to start the clean-up, while some Rockhampton residents are still days off from even getting access to their properties.”

Ms Smith said the types of damage residents have experienced are varied.

“Around Mackay, Airlie Beach and Proserpine the damage we’re seeing is consistent with cyclone damage. Some water leakage but also a lot of damage from high winds picking up objects and sending them into people’s homes and cars,” she said.

“Whereas, in Brisbane we’re receiving a lot of claims for heavy rain and also flooding. Flooding is also the common cause for claims on the Gold Coast.”

RACQ urged members with damage to lodge a claim as soon as possible by calling 13 7202 or on the RACQ website.

Members in Rockhampton could also lodge claims in person at Rockhampton Showgrounds, New Exhibition Rd open from Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30am-5pm.