Freeze causes $70M in damage to Texas homes

POSTED: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 2:19pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

TEXAS - Frozen water pipes caused approximately $70 million damage to about 10,000 Texas homes, according to the Insurance Council of Texas, an industry group.

The average claim was about $9,000 in North Texas and $5,000 in the Central and South Texas.

“I think the damage was fairly limited because Texans had plenty of notice that a hard freeze was coming our way,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the council. “Obviously, taking a few minutes to protect your home from freezing temperatures is worth it.”

The freeze last week sent overnight temperatures in the Houston area into the teens and low 20s. According to the National Weather Service, Dalhart in the Panhandle got down to minus-2, Junction bottomed out at 8, Austin reached 10 and even Brownsville's mercury plunged to 28.

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