Another $26 million headed to Hawaii residents for lava, flood recovery
Another $26 million is heading to the islands to help residents and local governments recover from Natural Disasters. That adds to the $71 million already announced earlier this year.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced funds Monday. The grant is meant to help rebuild communities still rebuilding from the lava flow on Hawaii Island and hurricane and flood damage throughout the state.
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz says the money was allocated from a $1.7 billion housing disaster recovery package Congress passed last year.
While the record flooding on Kaua'i was more than a year and a half ago, Mayor Derek Kawakami says the news comes at the perfect time.
"Oftentimes we can identify the immediate needs, but it's during the aftermath, and once the recovery is ongoing, that we start identifying areas that we overlooked initially," said Mayor Kawakami.
In total, the state has received more than a half a billion dollars to help with recovery from the three disasters.