home insurance

Courtesy SCARLETTE HOLLEY

As Harvey recedes in parts of Texas, affected homeowners are grappling with how to recover from the damages. 

Scarlette Holley

People in parts of Southeast Texas are slowing making their way back to their homes to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, with many pushing to file a claim with their insurance company before Friday.  Their urgency could be related to a Texas House Bill signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Consumers who suffered property damage as a result of the recent severe weather should contact their insurance companies as soon as possible to begin the claims process. If you’re having trouble reaching your company, call the Texas Department of Insurance at 1-800-252-3439. Insurance specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer your insurance questions and to help you with company contact information.

Bill That Makes It Harder to Sue Insurers Clears Texas Senate

May 1, 2015
Charlie Pearce / The Texas Tribune

A controversial bill that would make it harder for homeowners and companies to recover certain damages from their insurance companies — cheered by the insurance industry and criticized by liberal groups and some businesses — cleared the Texas Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 1628 by state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, would make broad changes to the way homeowners and businesses can sue insurance companies who don’t deal with them fairly, or don’t adequately pay out on claims made under property and casualty insurance policies, such as losses after a storm, fire or accident.

The bill would establish a two-year time limit on seeking claims.

Storm Prediction Center, National Weather Service / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Wikipedia

AUSTIN — An insurance group says last weekend’s storms across north and central parts of Texas have caused at least $65 million in damage to vehicles. The Insurance Council of Texas reported Thursday that damage estimates for homes and businesses are still being compiled.

A statement from the Austin-based industry group says four Texas storms in the past two weeks are blamed for about 60,000 auto insurance claims.

The National Weather Service says at least eight tornadoes touched down southwest of Fort Worth late Sunday. Nobody was hurt.