Over two years after Hurricane Harvey barraged Houston and the surrounding areas with wind, rain, and floods, the cleanup is still in progress. By September 1, 2017, about one-third of Houston was flooded, with most underwater areas located outside of the 100-year floodplain. In Nederland, Texas, rainfall reached 60.5 inches—a record for a storm in the continental United States. There’s no debate about it: Hurricane Harvey’s damage wasn’t just significant, it was unprecedented.
Damage Caused by Hurricane Harvey
During the storm, about 39,000 people were forced out of their homes because of flooding and an additional 200,000 homes had no power. In the Gulf area, at least one million vehicles were destroyed beyond repair. Federal forces had to rescue 10,000 people, and the Houston police department rescued an estimated 3,000 residents. By the time Hurricane Harvey finished, over 204,000 homes and apartments were damaged in Harris County.
What Was the Financial Cost of Hurricane Harvey?
Hurricane Harvey caused $125 billion dollars in damage, making it the second most costly storm in United States history. The only storm to cause more financial damage than Hurricane Harvey was Hurricane Katrina in 2005. When combined, the top five most damaging storms in the nation’s history caused $425 billion in damages. In other words, Hurricane Harvey accounts for nearly 30 percent of the costs of America’s worst storms.
Recovery Is Still Possible. Call (888) 400-2101 for Help.
We’ve noted these damages not to dwell on the past but to remind ourselves how much the residents of Houston and all other areas affected by Hurricane Harvey can endure and recover from. If you’re still seeking compensation for the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey, you are not alone.
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we’re a team of Houston lawyers determined to help our community recover from Hurricane Harvey. We were here before the storm, during the storm, and will continue to fight for neighbors still struggling to receive compensation for damages. Call us today to speak with a member of our team. We’re ready to provide you with a free consultation to help you discover your options.
A consultation with our Hurricane Harvey claim lawyers is free when you call (888) 400-2101. Call today—you deserve recovery.