Harvey’s Insured Losses Estimated to Cost Nearly $19B

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -
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A car dealership is covered by floodwaters near Houston, Texas, after Harvey hit last month. (Reuters/Rick Wilking/File)

The nation’s largest state insurance trade association estimates insured losses from Hurricane Harvey at nearly $19 billion — and that doesn’t count damage not covered by insurance.

The Insurance Council of Texas says windstorm and other claims from Harvey will be worth nearly $3 billion. Approximately 250,000 damaged cars and commercial vehicles will trigger around another $4.75 billion in insurance claims.

The council cites the Federal Emergency Management Agency in estimating that Harvey’s flooding will result in $11 billion in payments to homeowners with flood insurance. Those flood losses would be the second-highest on record, trailing only Hurricane Katrina’s $16 billion.

Harvey battered Texas’s Gulf Coast and flooded a vast area stretching from Houston to the Louisiana border. The storm caused 70-plus deaths and damaged or destroyed more than 250,000 homes.