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Gov. Ige Extends June 27 Lava Flow Emergency Period

March 3, 2015, 9:15 AM HST
* Updated March 3, 9:19 AM
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A supplemental emergency proclamation was signed Monday by Governor David Ige that will extend the emergency period for the June 27 lava flow that has continuously threatened the Puna district since last year.

“The state stands ready to support Hawai’i County in its response to the lava flow.” said Gov. Ige. “This extension of the emergency proclamation aids current monitoring and response and recovery efforts. The lava isn’t going to just go away and we need to work together to ensure the community’s health and safety.”

Under the proclamation, certain laws are extended, especially those that pertain to emergency situations.

Officials say they submitted a request to expand the Presidential Disaster Declaration in February, which would include debris removal and pavement work that would repair eligible government and private non-profit infrastructure damaged by the lava flow.

The full text of Gov. Ige’s proclamation can be read here.

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