Hurricane Rita Claims Reach $5.8 Billion

An insurance group reported Tuesday Hurricane Rita resulted in $5.8 billion worth of claims in Texas and Louisiana. The September 2005 storm damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and other property.

Rita made landfall at Sabine Pass. The Insurance Council of Texas says the storm resulted in nearly 221,000 claims in the state totaling $2.8 billion. Louisiana had just more than 201,000 claims totaling $2.6 billion.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the number of flood claims for both states was about 14,700 totaling $428 million. Rita killed at least eleven people in the two states. More than 100 people died in the pre-storm evacuation of the Houston area, in accidents and exposure deaths.

Story courtesy of KWTX - Waco.