The 5 Costliest U.S. Hurricanes of All Time

As a basement company in Bucks County, Rightway Waterproofing knows firsthand just how much damage water can cause to a home. But did you know that the United States has seen some of the most expensive hurricanes in the world? Let’s take a look at some of the costliest hurricanes in the world and the damage they’ve caused.

  • Hurricane Harvey. The costliest hurricane in U.S. history, 2017’s Hurricane Harvey caused a devastating $125 billion in damage. An estimated 82 people lost their lives during the storm.
  • Hurricane Katrina. Unsurprisingly, Hurricane Katrina is the second costliest storm in U.S. history. A category 3 storm, Hurricane Katrina cost $108 billion in damage.
  • Hurricane Sandy. The third costliest hurricane in the history of the United States, Hurricane Sandy caused over $71 billion in damage. Some residents of New York City saw their cars completely submerged in water—not to mention the billions’ worth of damaged the subway system sustained.
  • Hurricane Ike. 2008’s Hurricane Ike was the fourth-costliest hurricane seen in the United States. The category 2 storm lingered in the Caribbean before hitting land in Texas, causing about $30 billion in damage.
  • Hurricane Andrew. If you’re younger than 25, you probably don’t remember Hurricane Andrew. However, the storm’s lasting impact can still be felt by some of the communities in southern Florida. Hurricane Andrew caused over $25 million in damage. Response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was so slow that the storm prompted changes to national emergency response policies.

The summer season comes along with more rainstorms and flash flooding. While we might not see the major effects of a billion-dollar hurricane in New Jersey, the after-effects of a big storm can easily damage your basement. Rightway Waterproofing’s basement waterproofing and basement inspections in Bucks County can help you protect yourself and your property. Give our team a call today at  866-741-6190 or pay us a visit online at

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John and Barbara Vicich

“We wanted to thank you for your personal and specialized attention to the water problem we had in our basement. You took the time to inspect the whole situation and gave us recommendations, all of which worked. You had a way of explaining the process and materials that would be used in a way that we understood. We are very pleased with the work that was done and would highly recommend your company to anyone.”

-John and Barbara Vicich

Debbie, Berwyn

“The day after Hurricane Irene, all of my neighbors basements were filled with water, while mine remained dry! It is wonderful, everything remains dry and the battery backup worked beautifully when my power was out for 2 days. Dry AND quiet, thank you, thank you! Thanks! Debbie, Berwyn”

-Debbie, Berwyn

Doug Smith, Glenside

“All I have to say is that Hurricane Irene was no match for the job that Rightway did for my basement and my father-in-law’s. I had my basement done 5 years ago and we are still bone dry and my father-inlaw’s was done last year and another dry basement… Great job! I highly recommend them for waterproofing and mold remediation.”

-Doug Smith, Glenside


“I’d highly recommend these guys for your basement. My basement has been dry since they installed a sump pump and French drain in June. They offer a competitive price, they get the job done quickly and they stand by their work. Please mention my name if you proceed down the road with these guys.”


Angelo and Sandra Patiri

“We had our basement waterproofed with Rightway Waterproofing in 2007, after all this time and just getting through Hurricane Irene, we did not get a drop of water in our basement. Rightway Waterproofing did a very good job and we are very satisfied!”

-Angelo and Sandra Patiri