Top 10 Most Significant Flood Events By National Flood Insurance Program Payouts (1)
Rank Date Event Location Number of paid losses Amount paid ($ millions) Average paid loss
1 Aug. 2005 Hurricane Katrina AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, TN                                166,791 $16,258 $97,475
2 Sep. 2017 Hurricane Harvey AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, TX                                  76,134 8,857 116,331
3 Oct. 2012 Superstorm Sandy CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV                                132,309 8,795 66,473
4 Sep. 2008 Hurricane Ike AR, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, OH, PA, TX                                  46,702 2,702 57,861
5 Aug. 2016 Louisiana severe storms and flooding LA                                   26,897 2,457 91,344
6 Sep. 2004 Hurricane Ivan AL, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, MS, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV                                  28,154 1,608 57,097
7 Aug. 2011 Hurricane Irene CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT                                  44,312 1,346 30,367
8 Jun. 2001 Tropical Storm Allison FL, LA, MS, NJ, PA, TX                                  30,671 1,105 36,028
9 Sep. 2017 Hurricane Irma FL, GA, SC                                  21,903 1,044 47,649
10 Oct. 2016 Hurricane Matthew FL, GA, NC, SC, VA                                  16,571 651 39,304
(1) Includes events from 1978 to October 31, 2018, as of January 31, 2019. Defined by the National Flood Insurance Program as an event that produces at least 1,500 paid losses. Stated in dollars when occurred. Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency; U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center.