One House, 22 Floods: Repeated Claims Drain Federal Insurance Program

Floodwaters from the San Jacinto River in Texas inundate homes in the aftermath of Harvey on Aug. 30. PHOTO: BRETT COOMER/ASSOCIATED PRESS


Brian Harmon had just finished spending over $300,000 to fix his home in Kingwood, Texas, when Hurricane Harvey sent floodwaters “completely over the roof.”

The six-bedroom house, which has an indoor swimming pool, sits along the San Jacinto River. It has flooded 22 times since 1979, making it one of the most flood-damaged properties in the country.

Between 1979 and 2015, government records show the federal flood insurance program paid out more than $1.8 million to rebuild the house—a property that Mr. Harmon figured was worth $600,000 to $800,000 before Harvey hit late last month. Read more

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Updated: 16/09/2017 — 05:51

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