The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state’s request for federal funding after historic flooding destroyed parts of Kauai and Oahu.
The denial applies specifically to individual aid for private structures, and not public property.
The state’s preliminary assessment found 117 homes destroyed or severely damaged as a result of severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides on Kauai and Oahu between April 13 and 16.
But according to the governor, FEMA says the threshold for funding assistance is 173 homes.
FEMA also takes into account affected people with insurance. Ige says only 50 percent of residents on Oahu and Kauai are insured.
“What was the reaction when you find out FEMA denied the request?” KHON2 asked.
“I certainly was surprised. We have been working with FEMA all the way through the process. We thought we put together a good package to justify,” Ige replied.
The governor says he plans to appeal the decision.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump approved a Major Disaster Declaration that paves the way for assistance with emergency work, and the repair and replacement of disaster-damaged public facilities in Honolulu and Kauai counties.