Public invited to Maui flood meeting

Photo courtesy DLNR
Photo courtesy DLNR

Governor Ige will go to Maui on Thursday to see first-hand the devastation caused by heavy rains last week.

Iao valley was hit the hardest. Homes were flooded, and officials say the damage has changed the course of the Iao river.

The lieutenant governor and officials from the National Guard and Maui County toured the damage on Wednesday.

Residents say they have to use heavy machinery to get the work done.

“Because you can only do so much with hands and a chain saw over here. These the trees we have in the stream, there are multiple piles of hundred foot trees piled 20 feet high blocking the river, that are causing the water to jump into peoples properties and flood the road,” said Kainoa Horcajo.

In addition to Governor Ige’s visit on Thursday, officials will hold a community meeting Thursday night to talk about repairs, emergency measures and concerns about future flooding.

The meeting will be at the Wailuku Gymnasium from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. KHON2 will be there.

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