When the floodwaters finally start to recede in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, hundreds if not thousands of insurance adjusters will be heading to Texas and surrounding areas to begin adjusting billions of dollars in losses.

Homes, businesses, schools and vehicles were flooded, and forecasters are predicting significant rainfall for the next few days where the amount of precipitation will be measured in feet.

More than 300,000 residents are without power, and that number is steadily growing as more information comes in from areas decimated by the storm. At least 5,000 flights were canceled at Houston Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby airports. Both airports are expected to be closed for several days as the airports and the roads leading to them are under several feet of water. More than 1,700 flights have been canceled nationwide because of Hurricane Harvey.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to PropertyCasualty360.com, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]