Hurricane Ian destroyed homes in Florida residential area. (Credit: bilanol/Adobe Stock) Hurricane Ian destroyed homes in a Florida residential area. (Credit: bilanol/Adobe Stock)

The National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $1.46 billion to policyholders who sustained damage in Hurricane Ian, as the total continues to steadily climb, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

The total was up from about $1.2 billion a week earlier and from $882 million on Dec. 1, 2022. The program has received about 45,300 claims from the Category 4 hurricane, which made landfall Sept. 28 in Southwest Florida and crossed the state.

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