Hurricane Harvey News

NICB: Record Number of Vehicles Damaged by Recent Hurricanes

Flooded vehicles have finally stopped arriving at the Royal Purple Raceway east of Houston. Some 23,000 now await processing and retitling to be auctioned off for parts or to be scrapped. That is just one of several insurance industry salvage …

After Hurricanes, Focus Turns to Assessing the Effectiveness of Building Code Adoption

As residents and businesses continue to recover after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, focus is beginning to turn to mitigation. In Florida, where experts say better buildings codes resulted from Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago, analysis will include how improved codes …

U.S. Already Ties Record Year for Costly Weather Disasters

Howling winds, deadly floods, fire and ice so far this year have pushed the U.S. into a tie for weather disasters that topped $1 billion in damages. There have been 15 costly disasters through September, tying 2011 for the most …

Texas Delegation Requests $19B in Additional Harvey Aid

The Texas congressional delegation asked Thursday for $19 billion to help the Lone Star State recover from Harvey, with both Republicans and Democrats teaming up behind a request to repair water projects and help homeowners and communities rebuild from the …

Houston Eyes Flood Control Projects During Harvey Recovery

Houston officials said Saturday that they’re already thinking about how to build and fund projects that will lessen the blow of the next storm, even as the nation’s fourth-largest city continues to recover from Harvey’s devastating floodwaters. Leaders with the …

Processing of Harvey Flood-Damaged Cars Continues, Boost in Car Sales Seen

As Hurricane Harvey poured on Houston, Frank Rodriguez feared for his 2014 GMC Sierra. Once he saw the pickup’s soaking-wet interior and center console full of water, he knew it was a lost cause. He just hoped his insurance company …

Texas County to Spend $20M on Harvey-Flooded Home Buy Out

County officials in the Houston area have decided to spend $20 million to purchase more than 200 homes flooded during Hurricane Harvey. The Harris County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to use the funds to speed up the buyout process, the …

Hurricane Season Isn’t Over Yet as Action Shifts to Sandy’s Cradle

Harvey, Irma and Maria have written new chapters into Atlantic hurricane history this past month, but the story isn’t over. Storms certainly will keep coming as the action now shifts to the western Caribbean Sea – Sandy’s birthplace. Storms Lee …

Insurers Downgrade Anticipated Profit Goals Amid Hurricane Losses

Allstate expects insurance losses of about $593 million in August after Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction along the Gulf Coast. The initial accounting Thursday follows warnings from other insurers that are tallying the damages from a hurricane season …

New Study Finds FEMA Houston Flood Maps Outdated Long Before Harvey

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood plain maps for parts of southeastern Houston were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, a new study suggests. Researchers at Rice University and Texas A&M University at Galveston studied one …