AUSTIN — The nation’s largest state insurance trade association estimates insured losses from 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’ 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.
In other news, Houston is no longer under a Harvey flood-related curfew.
Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday ended the curfew that began after Harvey slammed Texas and associated rain swamped parts of Houston.
Turner lifted the midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew for all of the nation’s fourth-largest city. Turner several days ago halted the curfew for most of Houston, but the order had remained for some neighborhoods flooded by reservoir releases.
Harvey made landfall Aug. 25 in South Texas, causing rainstorms and disastrous flooding in Houston. Turner on Aug. 29 announced the curfew to stop any property crimes against evacuated homes.
Turner says the number of citations and arrests for curfew violations was minimal. He didn’t elaborate.
Flood control district officials estimate more than 150,000 dwellings in the Houston area were damaged by flooding.
Also, students at 12 campuses in Houston’s school district will have longer school days to make up for instructional time they have lost due to Harvey.
The district’s board of trustees on Thursday voted to extend school days for 12 campuses that still remain closed.
Five schools will have an additional 25 minutes of instructional time added while seven others will have 55 minutes added. These campuses are set to open on Monday and on Sept. 25.