Officials in Houston have closed the last of the city’s shelters and moved more than 150 families into temporary housing following the torrential rains that claimed eight lives and displaced thousands of people in the region.
Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement that the remaining families have been placed in hotel rooms, where they can stay for up to three weeks. The cost to house them will be about $150,000.
Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle cites the Insurance Council of Texas in reporting about 40,000 vehicles were flooded. Each vehicle has an average insured loss of $10,000 so the total loss for autos could reach $400 million.
More than a foot of rain fell on Houston and nearby counties over the last week, straining reservoirs and pushing rivers over their banks.
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