Insurance industry: 2016 set record for Texas hail damage

Cedar Park hail (KXAN Viewer Photo)
Cedar Park hail (KXAN Viewer Photo)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas homeowners endured an epic year in 2016 when it comes to damage to their homes from hail.

The Texas Department of Insurance reports that insured hail-related residential damage topped $5 billion, topping a previous state record of $1.9 billion set in 2015.

The Austin-based Insurance Council of Texas reports the most damaging hailstorm last year happened in the San Antonio area on April 12, causing $1.4 billion in insured losses.

Combined wind and hail damage to insured Texas residential property also set a record of almost $6 billion, shattering the previous record of $1.5 billion.

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This story has been revised to correct $5 million to $5 billion in 2nd paragraph.