Deadline approaching for filing Harvey wind insurance claims


Some folks with wind insurance have a deadline to file a Harvey claim by tomorrow.

Anna Stafford, legislative & external affairs liaison for communications at the  Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, said Texas law requires their policyholders to report their wind storm damage claims within one year of when the property was damaged.

“With the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey approaching on Saturday, we been sending out communications and information to encourage our policyholders to contact us and make sure everything has been reported to us related to their claim for wind storm damage,” said Stafford.

More than 100,000 flooded homes in Harris County didn’t have flood insurance when Harvey hit last year.

Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas said just in case there is another history making storm, people need to consider having flood and wind insurance policies.

“When it rains 50, 60 inches of rain, there are designated flood plains out there. But, when it rains that much, everything is a flood plain,” said Hanna

FEMA reports 80 percent of all households affected by Harvey weren’t covered for floods. Since Harvey, Harris County saw a nearly 23 percent increase in insurance policies and Fort Bend County had a 54 percent increase.

FEMA reports 80 percent of all households affected by Harvey weren’t covered for floods. Last year, Harvey dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on parts of Houston.

Then, Harris County saw a nearly 23 percent increase in insurance policies and Fort Bend County had a 54 percent increase.


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