Biden releases federal funds to help Maui County recover from severe storms in March

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From left to right: Maui Emergency Management Agency Administrator Herman Andaya and Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency Administrator Luke Meyers survey damage caused by the March 2021 severe weather incident in Maui County. (Courtesy: Douglas Carroll, HI-EMA)

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Federal aid is on the way to Maui County to use for areas impacted by the severe weather events in March.

President Biden granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the state on May 13.

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Funds will help affected communities in Maui County recover from the flooding and storms that occurred between March 8 and March 18. Biden’s disaster declaration will provide 75% federal funding for approximately $8 million in infrastructure damage.

“On behalf of the taxpayers of Maui County, I want to thank President Biden and members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation for this needed disaster relief. I especially want to thank U.S. Representative Kai Kahele, who came to Maui to inspect the damage himself,” said Mayor Michael Victorino. “These federal funds will go a long way toward repairing roads and bridges damaged during the catastrophic flooding that swept through Haiku and other areas of East Maui in March.”

Federal funding will help offset the cost of emergency work including replacing or repairing disaster-damaged facilities. Eligible private nonprofits may also receive federal funding. The Maui County Emergency Management Agency is working with those agencies.

In addition, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds will be available to help the state prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards in the future.

“There were many impacts in the state during this incident, this federal support will help provide some relief for the ongoing recovery and mitigation efforts,” Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) Administrator Luke Meyers, said in a statement on Friday.

For more information about FEMA disaster number 4604 click here.

For more information about FEMAʻs Public Assistance Program click here.

For more information about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program click here.

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