Sydney storm causes $10M in damages

A severe thunderstorm and torrential rain hit Sydney on November 28 causing transport chaos, with flash flooding affecting airport runways, railway lines and making streets impassable.

Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) General Manager of Communications Campbell Fuller said insurers had already received more than 1600 claims, estimated at $10 million, due to the event. “These claims are mostly for roof and car damage and is not an unusual level of claims lodgement for a Sydney region seasonal storm,” he said. “The Insurance Council of Australia will continue to monitor the number of claims lodged over the next few days.”

The “one-in-100-year” event caused over 100 millimetres of rainfall on the greater Sydney region for the first time since April 2015, with major closures forced by the downpour.”The conditions we are experiencing today are some of the worst I’ve ever seen, and I am appealing to everyone, motorists and pedestrians alike, to take care,” NSW Police assistant commissioner Michael Corby said during the storm.

Around 50 flights from Sydney Airport were delayed early in the day when it reduced to single runway operation due to safety concerns before resuming to full service later in the day.
The weather bureau’s NSW manager, Ann Farrell said during a press conference, “That’s the wettest rainfall we’ve had in a daily total since 1984 and according to our estimates, for that intensity and that duration, that’s the sort of rainfall you’d expect to occur about once every 100 years.”

Despite the damage done across the day, the Insurance Council of Australia announced that it had no plans to declare Wednesday’s storm a catastrophe event.