Hurricane Harvey and the Flood Protection Gap

March 20, 2018


In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey dumped some 30 trillion gallons of water over the Houston, TX, area. How much water is that?

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The flood that unfolded over the span of a week was among the worst that the nation has ever seen.

Devastation by the Numbers

Less than Harvey Infographic 20%

of Houston (and Harris County) homeowners have flood insurance, and the majority of flooded homes were off FEMA’s 100-year floodplain

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What Can Be Done?

Homeowner Education

Many are not aware that they are at risk of flooding or that a standard policy does not cover flood damage.

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Improved Risk Mapping

According to the AIR model, two-thirds of losses occur outside of FEMA’s 100-year floodplains—and FEMA's existing flood maps are out of date.

Diverse Insurance Offerings

New risk assessment tools help insurers offer affordable, risk-based insurance products to close the protection gap.

Harvey Infographic section three
Harvey Infographic section three




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