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Queensland floods add to weather claims influx

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Queensland storms over the past week have led to a further influx of claims as the industry deals with impacts from this year’s record-breaking flooding.

Rivers and creeks in saturated catchments rose quickly last week and hundreds of properties were inundated as heavy rainfall spread from Queensland’s north and interior to reach the southeast.

RACQ says it has so far received 376 claims from the recent wet weather, while IAG has received 221 claims, including 171 for property damage, 38 for motor vehicles and 12 from impacted businesses.

"The storms and floods are devastating for the communities impacted," an IAG spokesman told insuranceNEWS.com.au.

"Our partner repairers are on the ground in the impacted areas conducting emergency make-safe repairs for our customers with property damage where it is safe to do so. We’re also providing emergency financial support and temporary accommodation, if required.

"We’re encouraging our customers to contact us as soon as possible so we can provide them with the help they need."

The Bureau of Meteorology still had major flood warnings in place today for the Condamine, Balonne and Mary rivers as well as a number of moderate and minor warnings after conditions eased over the weekend.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said this morning that although the sky has mostly cleared, SES crews received more than 75 requests for assistance in the past 24 hours, and damage assessments are continuing in hardest hit areas including Laidley and the Southern Downs region.

“With catchments still flooded, QFES is continuing to monitor weather forecasts, working closely with the Bureau of Meteorology,” it said. “Any rain has the potential to cause rapid rises in waterways.”