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Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute

Year in Disaster Losses Released

March 2017: 2015 is the year of the floods according to the annual summary of U.S. Hazard Losses from SHELDUS.

Flooding contributed over 60% of the total of $5 billion in hazard losses for 2015 according to the annual SHELDUS summary.  Flooding was also the leading cause of hazard mortality (38%) for the year as well. Texas led the nation in both damages and fatalities.