Cap Coast suffered worse in past 12 months from storms
THE January floods that had Central Queensland teetering on a knife's edge this year took their toll more on the Capricorn Coast than Rockhampton, it seems.
New Suncorp Insurance figures released this month showed Yeppoon and Emu Park were third and fourth respectively in the top 10 most storm-battered CHQ suburbs in the past 12 months.
The figures highlight the hardest hit suburbs by the average claim cost from July 2012 to June 2013.
The statistics showed the average single claim amount on one property at Yeppoon - in the past year, which also takes into account the January 25 flash floods that bombed parts of Rockhampton - was about $7652.
For Emu Park, the average single claim amount on one property, in the past year, was $6403.
Keppel Sands ranked number 10 on the list. The average cost of a single insurance claim in Keppel Sands was $3067.
Noticeably absent from the list was Rockhampton, where one single insurance claim from flood or storm-affected damage did not total more than $3000.
Suburbs such as Depot Hill, parts of Allenstown, Pink Lily, Alton Downs, Lakes Creek and other areas were swamped by floodwater almost 1m high or more.
Turkey Beach near Gladstone was Central Queensland's worst storm-affected suburb over the past 12 months.
With temperature records set to be smashed this summer and the Bureau of Meteorology predicting up to four cyclones for the state, Suncorp Insurance wanted to advise residents to be prepared.
The average cost of a storm claim in Turkey Beach was more than $22,000, which Suncorp Insurance spokeswoman Melissa Cronin said showed the frightening level of damage that severe storms could cause.
"We're working with the Queensland Government to highlight the simple things Queenslanders can do around the home to ensure they are prepared for this summer's storm season," Ms Cronin said.
"Alarmingly, our research has found that less than half of all Queenslanders have taken the necessary steps to protect their homes following last year's storm season - a worrying statistic and something we want to change."