HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) has organized teams consisting of state, county and federal workers to visit different sites on Maui that were impacted by the Kona Low weather system last month.
Some areas saw more than 20 inches of rain, causing damage to private and public properties across the island.
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On Tuesday, Jan. 4, the teams visited private properties to assess the damage. During a Dec. 20 assessment, they focused on damaged highways and other public properties.
These assessments help leaders determine if the storm caused enough damage to meet requirements for a federal disaster declaration, which could unlock government assistance programs offering grants or loans.
HI-EMA urges residents and business owners to document their damage with photos and videos, and to contact their insurance agency. Each county has online resources to report damage that will help local leaders understand the extent of the damage — these are not applications for financial assistance.
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Gov. David Ige signed an emergency declaration due to the heavy rains statewide, which gives him authority to spend state funds as appropriated to protect the safety and welfare of residents.