Members urged to lodge claims ASAP: RACQ

RACQ has received more than 54 claims following record-breaking rainfall across most of north Queensland and that number was expected to rise as the inclement weather continued.

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The Townsville Bulletin reported the community had braced for more heavy rain and flooding over the coming days.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter urged residents who had suffered property damage from the system to start their insurance claims online or by calling 13 72 02 as soon as possible.

“Claims are coming in from Cairns through to Townsville and we’ve seen flooding cause significant property damage,” Ms Hunter said.

“If you haven’t made your claim yet make sure you do as soon as it’s safe. We can’t help you if we don’t know you need us.

“A reminder for those who have Home and Contents Insurance with RACQ, your policy includes flood cover.”

Ms Hunter said as heavy falls continued across the region it was too early to estimate the damage bill.

“The Bureau of Meteorology says the monsoon trough remains active over northern Queensland so we’re not out of the woods yet,” she said.

“Regions around Ingham and Bowen could still receive a further 200 millimetres of rain today.

“It’s likely to be quite some time before the full impact on affected communities is understood.”

Ms Hunter said more than 63 roads were closed across the State’s north due to flooding.

“We’re asking motorists to avoid travelling as much as possible but if you do need to be on the road, make sure you look at our Road Conditions website before getting behind the wheel,” she said.

“Remember – it’s never safe to drive through floodwater.”