I am taking a break from the Christmas holiday news to provide valuable information to victims of our recent floods here on the Island of Oahu . We experienced storms last Thursday and Saturday which brought heavy rains (four inches of rain per hour) along with high winds. The rains produced flooding in several areas on the island.
The State of Hawaii, along with city agencies and emergency organizations, have set up information centers providing services and assistance for flood and wind damaged victims. The centers will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, tomorrow and Friday. On Saturday, the information centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Governor Linda Lingle has declared a state disaster emergency, enabling the National Guard to join with the City of Honolulu 's crews for cleanup purposes.
Damages caused by the storm is estimated to be $1.6 million but that figure may rise as detailed reports arrive and insurance claims are filed. Unfortunately a few homes were damaged beyond repair. It is estimated that 160 homes were damaged with another 34 homes badly damaged or destroyed. Many roads are closed until repairs can be completed or the chance of land/rock slides has subsided. More rain is on the way, so please drive carefully in areas proned to landslides.
The City of Honolulu is asking faith-based organizations, community groups, service clubs and local businesses that would like to help with floor recovery or to assist flood victims to contact Havinne Okamura at 733.4300 extension 556 or email Havinne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Flood Victims:
Honolulu storm damage hot line: 768.4385. Calls will be taken between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Disaster Information Centers For Wednesday (12/17):
- Wai'anae - Makaha Resort and Golf Club, 84-626 Makaha Valley Road .
- Hale'iwa - Hale'iwa Shingon Mission, 66-469 Pa'ala'a Road.
- La'ie - Brigham Young University Hawai'i , Aloha Center, 55-220 Kulanui St. , Rooms 155 and 156.
Please check your local news stations or the Honolulu Advisor for the locations which are still to be determined.
- Thursday locations in Wai'anae, Hale'iwa and Waipahu are to be determined.
- Friday locations in Windward O'ahu and Waipahu are to be determined.
- Saturday locations, to be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be announced for Windward and La'ie locations.