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Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers Planned for Upcountry and Kīhei

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Kīhei flooding. PC: County of Maui / Shane Tegarden

Mayor Michael Victorino announced today that the Maui Emergency Management Agency will host two Disaster Assistance and Recovery Center events this weekend for residents still coping with damages resulting from the recent Kona Low weather system. 

  • The Upcountry event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani. Bottled water and boxes of non-perishable food will still be available at the Tavares Center for those in need.
  • The Kīhei event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Kīhei Community Center.
Kekaulike Avenue in Kula. PC: (12.6.21) Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation.

“We are happy to announce that water service has been restored to virtually everyone, and Hawaiian Electric has completed restoration of power service to all areas, with the exception of a single outage that repair crews are responding to in a remote area,” Mayor Victorino said. “Now, we are moving on to the damage assessment and recovery phase. It’s important for anyone who has property damage to take photos. This will clearly document damage and help Maui County seek federal money for damage assistance.”

The Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers will help residents to document and file reports of storm-related damages. Residents with internet access may still report storm-related damage online at mauicounty.gov

Damage reports will be aggregated for the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency to determine if the state of Hawaiʻi warrants a Presidential Emergency Declaration. Such a declaration is needed for local governments and individuals to receive financial assistance after a natural disaster.

For more information, call the Maui Emergency Management Agency at 808-270-7285.

Area of Maui Meadows at Mililani Place and Kupulau Drive where overflow from a nearby Gully caused flash flooding and property damage. Photo Credit: Larena Nellies-Ortiz.

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