100,000 claims lodged for Brisbane's $1 billion storm

Melanie Wenzel's car suffered severe damage in Brisbane's destructive storms.
Melanie Wenzel's car suffered severe damage in Brisbane's destructive storms.

THE Insurance Council of Australia has revealed the damage bill from last year's catastrophic Brisbane hail storm has topped more than $1 billion.

It says 100,223 motor vehicle and property claims have been lodged so far.

A large super storm ravaged parts of south-east Queensland on November 27 with cricket ball-sized hail and gale-force winds smashing large parts of the CBD and the city's south.

It was the worst storm to hit the city in more than three decades.

Thirty-nine people were injured in the storm and more than 100,000 homes were left without power for up to three days.

Insurance Council of Australia CEO Rob Whelan said on Thursday affected policyholders are encouraged to lodge their claims as soon as they can so that the claims process can get underway.

"Insurers are progressing claims and damage and repair assessments with affected customers," he said.

"We encourage policyholders affected by the catastrophes to lodge their claim with their insurer if they have not done so already."


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