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Louisiana Flood Damage At Least $8.7 Billion

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says his state had more than $8.7 billion in damage in both insured and uninsured losses from catastrophic flooding in August, and the figure will increase as officials finish assessing damage to roads and other public infrastructure....
September 7, 2016

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says his state had more than $8.7 billion in damage in both insured and uninsured losses from catastrophic flooding in August, and the figure will increase as officials finish assessing damage to roads and other public infrastructure.

A storm that started Aug. 12 dumped as much as two feet of rain in some parts of Louisiana over two days, and the flooding has been described as the worst disaster in the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast in 2012.

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Edwards said documented flood damage has affected more than 55,000 houses in Louisiana, and that could double as aid applications and inspections continue. He said initial evaluations show the majority of flooded households were resided in by people with low to moderate incomes, and 20 per cent of flooded homes were resided in by renters.

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More than 6,000 businesses flooded, with more than $2.2 billion in damages to buildings, equipment and inventory, Edwards said. He also said there are “conservative estimates” of more than $110 million in damage to agriculture.

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says officials have said that the August flood event will be the fourth most costly event for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Approximately 28,000 claims have been filed with the NFIP, and Donelon expects that number to rise to approximately 30,000.

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