Hawaii To Appeal Denial Of FEMA Storm Aid
|By B.J. Reyes, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"The state and the County of
"In the meantime, county, state and other federal agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations, are providing support under their own authorities. The state also remains eligible for a declaration from the
Kenoi met Thursday with Abercrombie to discuss an appeal, which must be filed within 30 days.
"We knew it was going to be a very rigorous process, that it was going to require very detailed documentation and verification," Kenoi told reporters outside the governor's office. "Certainly we're disappointed today to hear that the disaster declaration was denied by
The disaster declaration request sought Individual Assistance for households affected by the storm and Hazard Mitigation funds for use in statewide projects.
Kenoi said the application required an assessment of overall monetary damage and number of homes classified as suffering "major damage" or as "destroyed." He noted that application includes other criteria, such as trauma, community need and socio-economic impact.
"We believe Puna classifies under that criteria and so, thankfully,
He added that some individuals may qualify for additional help from other agencies, such as the
Iselle's heavy rains and gusting winds toppled scores of trees and knocked out power to thousands of Puna area residents. Downed albizia trees made roads impassable, prompting the state
As of Tuesday, about 1,600 Hawaiian Telcom customers in the Puna and
Service is expected to be restored for most by mid-September, but it could be longer for
"Nanawale was the most heavily impacted by the storm, and right now, we're assessing the best approach to restore service to customers," she said.
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