Gailes and Moores Pocket hardest hit

GAILES and Moores Pocket have topped the list of suburbs hardest hit by January's floods in a survey of average insurance claim costs.

Suncorp released its list yesterday with Gailes at the top with an average claim of $128, 221 to rebuild or replace assets.

Suncorp has revealed that it has processed more than 2800 claims in the Ipswich region, tallying more than $103 million.

The top five disaster-affected suburbs in the Ipswich area by average claim cost also included Moores Pocket with $120,984, Barellan Point at $120,276, North Booval with $117,105 and East Ipswich with $103,752.

Executive General Manager of Personal Insurance Claims for Suncorp Group, Jason McCracken, has urged people to ensure their insurance policy reflects the true value of their assets and to ensure it covers risks appropriate to their area.

"Don't just hope you're covered, know you're covered," he said.

"Read your policy carefully and ask questions if you're not sure.

"It's much better to be asking questions before disaster strikes, than after."

Mr McCracken said Suncorp was also busy preparing for the coming summer storm season, employing an extra 114 staff in its call centres.



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