HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii Governor David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi could be seen in Haleiwa town assessing the damage brought on by catastrophic flooding that brought on an emergency evacuation on Tuesday, March 9.
Several residents in Haleiwa Town began evacuating around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, after the City and County of Honolulu issued an evacuation warning for the area.
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Clean up efforts continued for the Haleiwa community Wednesday morning. Several locals and volunteers could be seen clearing the mud and water left over from the flood.
The governor and mayor spoke with businesses in the area whose establishments suffered extensive damage from flash flood conditions.
Gov. Ige also commented on the past few days in a news conference at Kaiaka Bay Beach Park.
“Yesterday, I did declare a state of emergency, statewide, because of the rain,” Governor Ige began.
“Mayor and I are here to look at some of the damage. State and County agencies are assessing damage to see what repairs may need to be made. We are definitely working to clear streets and get traffic flow back to normal,” he went on.
“The best thing that we’re asking residents to do now is take pictures, document your damage, don’t delay the clean up process, because you may incur more damage to your home from mold and other issues,” said Honolulu City and County director of Emergency Management Hiro Toya.