On June 9, the Harris County Office of Emergency Management released its preliminary report for the flood damage that occurred as a result of several storm systems that passed through the Houston area in late May. The damage was fairly widespread, with eleven Harris county municipalities suffering damages, though the city of Houston itself was the hardest hit.
According to the report, a total of at least 2,516 residences and 73 businesses were affected by the flooding, and at least 2 Houston homes were completely destroyed. 2,195 of those residences and 53 of those businesses were in Houston proper while the rest were in the surrounding cities of Bellaire, Pasadena, West University Place, Bunker Hill Village, Galena Park, Hillshire Village, Hedwig Village, Piney Point Village, Spring Valley Village, and Hunters Creek Village. (See the full report here.)
As a result, Houston-area insurance companies are scrambling to keep up with the flood damage claims. Economists at BBVA Compass estimate the economic impact of the damages could be anywhere from $200-$550 million, which is less than the impact of Hurricane Ike in 2008 (about $154 billion in today’s dollars) and Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 (about $6.7 billion in today’s dollars), but it is still a significant amount. And the economists noted also that this does not take into account the as-yet-unknown cost to repair the Southwest Wastewater Plant.
A report is not yet available for Montgomery County because they are still gathering data, but damage has been reported there as well, especially in areas near the San Jacinto River and the Lewis Creek Dam. On June 8, Liberty County extended its Commissioner’s Court order as a Local State of Disaster. Brazoria County still has closed roads and flooding around the Brazos River and Oyster Creek.
Parts of the entire greater Houston area has been affected by these floods, and our thoughts go out to the individuals who have suffered damages as a result.
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