Most expensive flood disasters in the United States 1978-2019, by payouts

The statistic shows the most expensive flood disasters in the United States from 1978 to January 2019, by National Flood Insurance Program payouts. The payouts of the National Flood Insurance Program as a consequence of damage caused by floods following Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, amounted to almost nine billion U.S. dollars.

Most expensive flood disasters in the United States from 1978 to 2019*, by National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) payouts

Amount paid in million U.S. dollars
Hurricane Katrina (Aug 2005)16,258
Hurricane Harvey (Aug 2017)8,909
Superstorm Sandy (Oct 2012)8,804
Hurricane Ike (Sep 2008)2,702
Louisiana severe storms and flooding (Aug 2016)2,468
Hurricane Ivan (Sep 2004)1,608
Hurricane Irene (Aug 2011)1,346
Tropical Storm Allison (Jun 2001)1,105
Hurricane Irma (Sep 2017)1,054
Hurricane Matthew (Oct 2016)654
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Sources

Release date

June 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1978 to July 31, 2018

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

*1978 to January 31, 2019, as of March 21, 2019. Defined by the National Flood Insurance Program as an event that produces at least 1,500 paid losses. Stated in dollars when occurred.

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