President Obama signs disaster declaration in light of Maui flood damage


President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for Hawaii Thursday in light of severe storms that hit Maui County in September.

The declaration allows federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by flooding, landslides, and mudslides that occurred between Sept. 11-14.

Gov. David Ige requested the declaration after surveying the damage. At last check, flooding caused at least $15 million in damage to public property alone, and that number could rise as officials continue to assess the area.

Iao Valley State Monument remains closed due to severe damage, and officials report Wailuku River bed is double, and even triple, in width.

Funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work, the repair or replacement of damaged facilities, and hazard mitigation measures.

Additional funding may be available if requested by the state and warranted by further damage assessments.

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