Flood-impacted NSW residents have applied for $3.5 million in government disaster support and nearly 10,000 insurance claims

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  • The Federal Government has received nearly 3,000 claims for financial support linked to severe flooding in NSW, totalling $3.5 million, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
  • Eligible adult residents of 34 local government areas can claim a lump sum of $1,000, with $400 for each child.
  • Australia’s insurance providers tallied some 9,500 flood-related claims as of Tuesday morning, a day after declaring an insurance “catastrophe”.
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Australians impacted by severe weather and flooding in New South Wales have already accessed $3.5 million in government support payments, as the insurance industry reckons with the ongoing catastrophe.

Speaking in Canberra Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Services Australia has already processed nearly 3,000 claims for financial support.

Residents in 34 impacted local government areas may be eligible for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment, which provides a $1,000 lump sum payment for every adult, and $400 for each child.

Hard-hit residents can also access the Disaster Recovery Allowance, which provides a JobKeeper-equivalent payment for up to 13 weeks for those who lose income as a direct result of ongoing crisis.

Those financially impacted by the storms and flooding have been urged to call Services Australia on 180 22 66.

9,500 insurance claims filed, with more expected in the coming days

Some 9,500 weather-related insurance claims were filed as of Monday morning, according to Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) spokesperson Lisa Kable.

Speaking to ABC “News Breakfast” Tuesday, Kable said it was still too early to estimate the financial damage caused by the flooding.

Suncorp, which oversees AAMI, Apia, GIO, and Shannons, yesterday said it had received 1,300 claims as of 10am Monday.

QBE Insurance told Business Insider Australia it had received 450 claims as of 4pm.

Both expected the number of claims to rise in the coming days.

A QBE spokesperson said impacted policy holders should follow all official safety directives when accessing their property, immediately contact their insurer if they are in need of emergency cash payments or accommodation, and provide photographs to speed up claims processing times.

The ICA said it will release an update later Tuesday, a day after declaring the situation in NSW an “insurance catastrophe.”

NSW residents should be vigilant even if weather clears: Berejiklian

Although some parts of the state may see heavy rainfall dissipate in coming days, authorities warn the risk of flooding will remain.

Fronting the media on Tuesday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “many river systems are still taking major flows and continue to rise.”

A further 15,000 people may fall under evacuation orders in addition to the 18,000 evacuated through to Monday, Berejiklian said.

Of particular concern are regions along the Hawksbury River and the Northern Rivers area, she added.

But there “could be flooding in communities we haven’t anticipated and that’s why please, please listen to the advice,” the Premier said.

Impacted residents have been urged to keep tabs on the latest alerts via the NSW State Emergency Service.