Hurricane Ivan Losses Close to $9 Billion Nationwide

Federal officials say flooding from Hurricane Ivan's rain and storm surges prompted more than a billion dollars in claims, making it the costliest hurricane of 2004.

The National Flood Insurance Program released its flood claim figures this week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency administers the program.

More than 27,000 flood claims across nine states were paid, totaling nearly $1.4 billion. A FEMA spokesman says half those claims were paid to residents of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Federal officials say Ivan caused nearly $8.5 billion in damage when the flood claims are added to insurance industry estimates of other insured losses.

That makes Ivan the third most costly natural disaster in US history. Hurricane Charley is fourth.

Hurricane Andrew tops the agency's list. Total losses from the 1992 hurricane exceeded $21 billion.