Alan Seaman walks through the remains of his home after it was destroyed by a bushfire in the Blue Mountains suburb of Winmalee. Photo by Reuters
Insurance claims from the NSW bushfire emergency have topped
$100 million even though assessors haven't been let into the
worst-hit regions yet.
The Insurance Council of Australia says about 900 claims
worth more than $100 million have been lodged so far.
Some assessors have hit the road, but many areas are still
off limits due to the ongoing fire risk, spokesperson
Campbell Fuller said.
"This is a horrific thing for many, many families and
business to go through," Mr Fuller told AAP.
He said the council had set up in the Springwood Recovery
Centre and urged residents to get their claims in immediately
to expedite the rebuilding process.
The total surpasses other recent fire emergencies, including
the blazes at Dunalley in Tasmania at the start of the year.