President Approves Assistance for Kaua‘i & O‘ahu
Gov. David Ige announced on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, that the president has approved a Major Disaster Declaration for public assistance for damage incurred as a result of severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu between April 13 and 16, 2018.
The approval paves the way for assistance with emergency work and the repair and replacement of disaster-damaged public facilities in the City and County of Honolulu and Kauaʻi County.
The request for individual assistance is under review.
“I want to thank our FEMA partners for their on-the-ground assistance and rapid response to this request. I have spoken with mayors Caldwell and Carvalho to let them know help is on the way,” said Gov. Ige.
“The people of Kaua‘i have pulled together to respond to and recover from this disaster and the county, state, and federal governments have stepped up to support them,” said Sen. Brian Schatz. “FEMA has been a great partner in this process, and we thank the administration for approving this disaster declaration. We are not done with the recovery effort, and we are in the middle of a disaster on Hawai‘i Island, but this is welcome news.”
Gov. Ige submitted the request on May 2 following a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment completed by state, county and federal agencies.