News Release: Teams Deployed in Maui County to Assess Private Property Damage from ‘Kona Low’ Storm

Posted on Jan 4, 2022 in Information and News Releases, News Stories

Teams Deployed in Maui County to Assess Private Property Damage from ‘Kona Low’ Storm

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022                                                     Release No. 2022-001

HONOLULU – Teams of state, county and federal workers will return to Maui Tuesday to examine private property damage caused by the “Kona low” weather system that dumped more than 20 inches of rain on areas of Hawaiʻi last month.

Organized by the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), the teams are expected to visit different sites on Maui County than they viewed during a Dec. 20 assessment targeting damaged highways and other public property.

These preliminary assessments help state, county, and federal leaders determine if the storm caused enough damage to meet the requirements for a federal disaster declaration. If approved, a declaration could potentially unlock government assistance programs offering grants or loans to local governments, property owners, or businesses.

This process takes time and there is no guarantee that government financial assistance will be made available. Data collection and review will continue in the weeks ahead.

“Recovery from the recent storm is ongoing and takes the continuing cooperation of our whole community as we assess the storm’s impact,” said Luke Meyers, Administrator of HI-EMA.

“We are grateful for all the support and coordination across agencies,” he added.

Preliminary damage assessments of public property in Maui County and the City and County of Honolulu were conducted in December as a result of the “Kona low,” which brought high winds and surf, flooding, and landslides to the islands over several days starting Dec. 4, 2021.

HI-EMA continues to urge residents to document their damage with photos/video and contact their insurance agency if they haven’t already done so.

Additionally, each County has online tools to report residential and business damage. These forms are used only to collect information that will help local officials understand the damage that occurred and impacts on the community; they are not applications for assistance.

Links to these tools can be found by scanning this QR code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This most recent severe weather is a reminder that disasters can strike at any time, Meyers said, adding that it is vital to know your hazards and be prepared.

For more information visit ready.hawaii.gov

 

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CONTACT:

Adam Weintraub
Communications Director
Hawai`i Emergency Management Agency
3949 Diamond Head Rd. Honolulu, HI

[email protected]
808-620-5417