THE TEN 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 167,679 $16,262 $96,984
2 Sep. 2008 Hurricane Ike AR, IL, IN, KY, LA, MO, OH, PA, TX 46,389 2,661 57,355
3 Sep. 2004 Hurricane Ivan AL, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, MS, NJ, NY,
NC, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV
27,653 1,587 57,395
4 Aug. 2011 Hurricane Irene CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT 43,585 1,279 29,336
5 Jun. 2001 Tropical Storm Allison FL, LA, MS, NJ, PA, TX 30,663 1,104 36,000
6 May 1995 Louisiana flood LA 31,343 585 18,667
7 Sep. 2003 Hurricane Isabel DE, MD, NJ, NY, NC, PA, VA, WV 19,868 493 24,832
8 Sep. 2005 Hurricane Rita AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, TN, TX 9,509 472 49,660
9 Sep. 1999 Hurricane Floyd CT, DE, FL, GA, MA, ME, MD, NH, NJ, NC, PA, SC, VA, VT 20,438 462 22,618
10 Sep. 2011 Tropical Storm Lee PA, NY 9,718 435 44,764

(1) Includes events from 1978 to July 31, 2012. 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.