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Claims low after giant Sydney rainstorm

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Insurers appear to have emerged from Sydney’s wettest day for 34 years with relatively few claims to worry about.

More than 100mm of rain fell across the city in less than two hours. The State Emergency Service responded to 800 calls for help and carried out 15 flood rescues as the amount of rain exceeded November’s monthly average.

“That’s the sort of rainfall you’d expect to occur about once every 100 years for that particular site,” a Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman said.

One person was killed in a car crash and two police officers were injured after being hit by a falling tree as the damaging storm crossed the city and surrounding areas.

But the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) says that despite the dramatic storm, insurers have received a “low number” of claims so far.

“Insurance companies are standing by to assist customers with claims lodgement and enquiries,” ICA spokesman Campbell Fuller told

“Insurers have received a low number of claims so far, mostly for roof and car damage, which is a normal level of claims lodgement for a seasonal storm.

“We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming hours as the storm moves away from the region.”

But the stormy weather may not have passed completely. At 3pm today the bureau’s radar service showed the centre of the storm system passing around the city, with more intense weather around the Wollongong area.