June 27, 2018

Hirono Welcomes Approval of Individual Assistance, Funding for Cleanup Efforts for Kauai and Oahu Residents Affected by Flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) welcomed President Trump’s decision to amend the federal disaster declaration for the City and County of Honolulu and Kauai County to include Individual Assistance for those affected by the flooding event in April, as well as the release of $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grand program.

The approval of Individual Assistance makes additional federal resources available for individuals and families in flood-affected communities, and the grant funding will support the creation of approximately 200 immediate jobs assisting in the clean-up efforts.

“I would like to thank the Trump administration and FEMA for making Individual Assistance and support for immediate help with the clean-up available to our flooding victims on Oahu and Kauai,” Senator Hirono said. “These federal tools will go a long way in helping our residents recover over the coming months.” 

Senator Hirono traveled to Waimanalo and Kauai’s North Shore to assess storm damage and meet with families and businesses who were affected by the severe flooding in those communities. The Hawaii Congressional delegation had previously urged the President to approve Governor Ige’s disaster declaration request

Senator Hirono has published resources and information from government agencies on her website for Hawaii residents affected by recent natural disasters. This page includes instructions for replacing important documents and updated information on federal services in impacted communities.