Hurricane Harvey News

Coastal Communities Hit by Harvey to Get $1B for Hazard Mitigation

Texas communities slammed by Hurricane Harvey can now apply for a share of a half-billion dollars in federal money that will cover everything from buying out flood-prone homes to building new seawalls and restoring sand dunes, Gov. Greg Abbott told …

Texas A&M Study: Better Science, Urban Planning Needed in Coastal Cities

The field of urban planning is gaining interest as cities around the world, including Houston, are facing increased exposure to weather-related risks and hazards ranging from sea level rise and flooding to temperature build-up and urban heat island effect. Philip …

National Hurricane Center: Harvey’s Rains Make It Second-Costliest U.S. Hurricane

Record-breaking Hurricane Harvey became the second-costliest storm to hit the U.S. and dropped more rain than any other system ever. Harvey, the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2005, killed at least 103 people and caused an estimated $125 …

Foreclosure Fears Rise in Texas with Jump in Late Mortgages After Harvey

As Jacob Lerma surveyed the skeletal beams of his suburban Houston home that was flooded during Hurricane Harvey, he kept muttering three words as he wondered if his family would ever be able to move back in: “I don’t know.” …

2017’s Natural Hazards and the Destruction They Brought: CoreLogic

CoreLogic’s annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis shows that 2017 was a year of relatively average activity for most U.S. natural hazards with the exception of wildfires in California and flooding from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The annual report …

Keeping Flood Insurance Above Water: Commentary

With the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) currently set to expire on February 8, and many communities still recovering from this summer’s hurricanes, it’s no surprise that the 21st Century Flood Reform Act has passed the House and moved to …

Harvey-Devastated Texas Coastal Towns Still Working on Recovery

Some Texas coastal towns where Hurricane Harvey made landfall are working to restore tourism and other economic attractions nearly five months after the storm. Hundreds of businesses in Rockport and Fulton are now open amid recovery efforts assisted by Aransas …

Idea of Texas Coastal Barrier Resurrected After Harvey

A new study suggests if the Houston area continues to boom for 60 years and sea levels rise, a direct hit to Galveston from a massive hurricane could destroy $31.8 billion worth of homes, the Houston Chronicle reports. Texas A&M …

The Nitsche Group: Committed to Family, Community

When it comes to serving family and community, The Nitsche Group talks the talk and walks the walk. The Giddings, Texas-based independent insurance agency’s commitment to family, its employees, its clients and its community is so ingrained that it informs …

Top Insurance Journal South Central Stories of 2017

Among the most read news stories in Insurance Journal’s South Central region during 2017 concerned Hurricane Harvey and Texas hailstorm (aka natural catastrophe insurance claims) legislation. The insurance industry in Texas for years has been pushing for legislation aimed at …