Suncorp gets almost all Cyclone Marcia sufferers back home
ALMOST 90% of Suncorp Insurance customers displaced by Cyclone Marcia are back in their homes in time for Christmas.
Suncorp has received more than 11,000 claims from the February disaster, totaling more than $129 million.
Suncorp Insurance spokesperson, Joshua Cooney, said Suncorp had pulled out all the stops to make sure as many families as possible could spend this Christmas at home.
"The recovery has taken a huge effort, especially considering the number of claims and serious damage sustained and we're still working hard," Mr Cooney said.
"But to have almost 90% of our customers back in their homes is testament to the Queensland spirit, the dedication of Suncorp staff and to local contractors who have worked tirelessly to help get our Central Queensland communities back on their feet."
Mr Cooney said while the vast majority of claims had been finalised, some repair work was continuing.
"We are continuing to provide assistance to our customers under their policies and are working with them to get them home and back under their own roof as soon as possible."
"Marcia is just one example of the destruction and heart ache cyclones inflict on communities.
"We know cyclones will continue to cross our coastline which is why Suncorp's Protecting the North initiative is so important.
"The only way we can really tackle the high risk of cyclone damage on communities is to make them more resilient through stronger homes and buildings.
"Our research partnership with James Cook University sets a pathway to make that happen, starting with a system next year that will reward cyclone resilience measures with premium reductions of up to 20%.
"Mr Cooney said he hoped all Central Queenslanders would enjoy a safe and happy Christmas this year, but said that everyone should be prepared for bad weather.
"It's important to be prepared - read your insurance policy carefully and ask questions if you're not sure. Make sure it reflects the true value of your assets and covers the risks in your area. Don't just hope you're covered, know you're covered."
Suncorp Insurance encourages all Queenslanders to prepare now for the summer storm season, with some simple tips which can reduce your risk of sustaining, or causing, damage.
Key claims statistics from Tropical Cyclone Marcia: More than 11,000 claims lodged (10,400 home claims, 630 motor claims).
Almost 90% of claims finalised. The most severely damaged homes and cars came from Rockhampton (42%), Yeppoon (41%) and Biloela (12%).