Is La Niña still active?
This summer, Australia has been affected by one of the most severe and intense weather events we have seen in recent history. The La Niña effect has caused extreme rainfall and continues to deliver gloomy wet weather.
Can we expect the rainfall to persist or La Niña to soften and the weather neutralise as we lead into winter?
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the dominant La Niña pattern in the pacific is starting to die down; however, that does not mean it is over.
The next phase of La Niña will press through Australia and result in higher than average rainfall for the winter to spring months. With higher precipitation comes higher chances of flooding and property damage, as we have seen over the past few months in Australia’s East.
Being prepared for high rainfall and flooding is crucial, primarily if your home is in a high-risk flood area.
Some key points to keep in mind when preparing for the La Niña:
- Have regular building inspections and follow the recommendations of the experts.
- Roof and gutter maintenance should be prioritised to ensure a good water flow.
- Place stock and electrical equipment somewhere higher than the recommended level if you own a business. For a home, that could mean moving important documents or objects to the higher shelves.
- Develop an evacuation plan for your business and employees or for your home and family.
- Trim overhanging tree branches.
- Secure loose items, especially in the backyard, to prevent them from flying if the wind becomes stronger and avoid the possibility of objects damaging your property.
Our support for La Niña
If you have taken the steps above, you have helped to minimise the risk of damage happening to your property.
However, catastrophic events can be unpredictable and can still cause damage no matter what precautions are taken. Claim Central are ready and able to assist with La Niña impacted residential properties. Our team of frontline staff, property assessors, make safe trades, repair trades, restorers, and engineers are ready to be deployed to the affected areas to attend to customers’ properties.
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