Several county school districts, cities and a community college are headed to court in an attempt to recover about $55 million their attorney says they are due from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association for damages caused by Hurricane Ike.

The cities of Santa Fe, Dickinson and La Marque; and the Santa Fe, Dickinson and Texas City school districts, along with College of the Mainland, each have lawsuits pending in Galveston County district courts against TWIA.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or

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(4) comments

Reggie Barnett

I think they are going about this wrong. TWIA was intended to be the insurer of last resort for Tropical Named Storms and Hurricanes. It was never intended to be the replacement for Hail or Tornadoes. The insurance companies excluded windstorm and included Hail and tornadoes knowing their liability for Hail and Tornadoes is greater inland than on the coast. It forced TWIA to cover Hail on the coast while those in Dallas didn't have it excluded there. The way to fix it? Make it mandatory for Insurers in Texas to cover Hail and non Tropical storm winds, just like they do all over the state. On the coast TWIA would only have liability for a catastrophic tropical storm. It would work. Tropical storm coverage could be included to the tier 2 and 3 counties so more people could choose to self insure or buy from TWIA.

Carol Dean

Let's hope that the attorney representing local cities and school districts does not have their case assigned to the district court of Patricia Grady. From a look at Grady's campaign finance reports supporters of the insurance lobby (I mean profession) paid up to $200,000 to buy her that position. It is very possible that the "scales of justice" may be already tilted in favor of TWIA if this suit is heard by Ms. Grady.

PD Hyatt

TWIA owes money to everyone that they screwed out of FAIR compensation during IKe and other named storms and that doesn't even include the screwing that you take on hail storms....TWIA is a Total Worthless Insurance Agency

Dorothy Holt

Your legislators invented the TWIA back in 1972. They tell them what you think.

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