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60 million dollars will aid Big Island's disaster relief

HONOLULU (KHON2) - The Big Island will be receiving 60 million dollars in state disaster relief to aid with the recover from last year's lava emergency. 

Governor David Ige signed the measure into law today.

"We know the recovery will take years, but the effort is supported by the state Legislature and my administration, which will help with local cost share and economic revitalization," said Gov. Ige. "At the same time, Hawai'i's congressional delegation is pursuing additional federal resources to support the recovery."

20 million will come directly from the general fund, and 40 million will be in the form of a loan to the county to help get more federal disaster aid. 

"Next month will make the anniversary that volcano had erupted," said Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe. "We had the volcano, the lava, and right after that Hurricane Lane. Hawaii county definitely has its challenges but this particular loan for the FEMA match definitely will give us an opportunity to move forward."

Federal agencies are expected to cover about three quarters of the cost to replace public infrastructure lost in the last year's four-month-long lava flow disaster. 

More than 700 structures were destroyed, and 3,000 people displaced. 


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