This excerpt taken from the ALL 10-K filed Feb 23, 2006.
Hurricane Wilma made landfall in the state of Florida on October 24, 2005. Catastrophe claims and claims expense estimates include losses from approximately 103,000 expected claims of which over 93,000 claims have been reported. The estimates of claims and claims expense by product are shown in the following table.
Estimates of residential property losses for Hurricane Wilma have exceeded the FHCF estimated retention of $262 million, thus permitting reimbursement of 90% of qualifying personal property losses above the retention up to an estimated maximum of $945 million. In addition, Allstate Floridian has reinsurance on certain personal homeowners policies in Florida with Universal. For further discussion of these reinsurance and other recoveries, see the reinsurance section of the Property-Liability Claims and Claims Expense Reserves section of the MD&A and Note 9 and 13 of the consolidated financial statements.
In the normal course of business, we may also supplement our claims processes by utilizing third party adjusters, appraisers, engineers, inspectors, other professionals and information sources to assess and settle catastrophe and non-catastrophe related claims. For example, during the fourth quarter of 2005 our longstanding contract with Pilot Catastrophe Services ("Pilot") for additional claims adjustors aided in our ability to complete more timely claims payments.
Catastrophe losses also include $120 million of accruals for two assessments from FL Citizens and $34 million from Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation ("LA Citizens"). These entities were created by their respective states to provide insurance to property owners unable to obtain coverage in the private insurance market and can levy an assessment on participating companies for a financial deficit. After paying assessments, we expect that our subsidiaries will be able to recoup them in part through premiums written in the state. These recoupments will be recorded as an offset to catastrophe losses in the period that the related premiums are written and are expected to be primarily recorded over the next two years. For further discussion of these assessments, see Note 13 of the consolidated financial statements.
Claims and claims expense during 2004 includes estimated catastrophe losses of $2.00 billion, net of recoveries from the FHCF, related to hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. This estimate includes net losses on personal lines auto and property policies and net losses on commercial policies.