Insurance claims reveal Cranebrook is a storm hotspot

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Cranebrook has been hit hard by storms in the last year with new data revealing it’s in the top 10 suburbs for insurance claims.

Suncorp Insurance analysed more than 32,000 weather-related home insurance claims across New South Wales from July 1 2021 to June 30 2022, to reveal the hardest hit suburbs.

Boambee East on the Mid North Coast topped the hotspot list, followed by Armidale and Toorima.

Cranebrook came in 10th and overall and was the top suburb in western Sydney for insurance claims.

Suncorp Insurance EGM Home Claims, Alli Smith said the figures are a stark reminder of the difficult year NSW residents have had weather-wise and should be viewed as a reminder that the warmer weather can bring sudden storms, cyclones and heavy rains that can lead to floods.

“NSW has been battered by numerous significant weather events over the past financial year – including February’s East Coast Floods and a number of damaging hailstorms,” Ms Smith said.

“And our data shows that no one region is more prone to significant weather events – with our top ten storm-battered suburbs coming from four different regions – once again highlighting that severe storms can strike anywhere.”

Ms Smith said Suncorp Insurance has released this information to act as a reminder that storm season is upon us, and now is the time to get you and your home storm-ready.

“We’ve released this list of storm-battered suburbs to remind residents across NSW that the impact of storms and significant weather events on property can be severe, and highlight the importance of ensuring you have done everything you can to strengthen your home’s resilience against the effects of Mother Nature,” she said.

New research by Suncorp Insurance found that while 90 per cent of NSW residents admit to knowing at least one activity that should be completed prior to storm season, more than a quarter (26 per cent) admit to doing nothing to prepare.

“New South Wales residents know the messages around preparing for storm season,” Ms Smith said.

“But unfortunately knowing the messages and actually doing something to better prepare and protect your home are two separate things, and many people in NSW are failing to actually complete the often quick-and-easy tasks.”

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