An article on the SBS News website which claims that the flooding in Townsville is a 1 in 100 year event.
Very strange as the flooding in January 1998 was the greatest in Townsville’s history and was described as a I in 100 year event in the media at that time.
So whilst Townsville was only settled some 155 years ago, there have been two 1 in a 100 year events in the space of just 21 years?
Our Townsville store manager called me to advise that the store had been destroyed with the flooding which not only contained mud but also raw sewerage as the manholes had all popped open due to the pressure.
The grubby, bottom feeding insurance company initially tried to weasel out of honouring our claim on the pretext of claiming the flooding was a result of the nearby creek overflowing, an event that they did not cover, unlike Suncorp, whilst most other insurance companies were promptly honouring their customers’ claims.
They insisted on obtaining a hydrologist’s report which confirmed that the flooding was the result of the massive rain deluge which flooded the store prior to the creek overflowing, so they finally honoured our claim.
The total damage from the 1998 floods exceeded $100 million, and this latest event will presumably be a lot more, so hopefully the insurance companies will not try to weasel out on their customers’ claims this time.