NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige signs Kaua‘i, O‘ahu flood recovery bill

Posted on May 10, 2018 in Latest News, Press Releases

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2018

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed SB 192 (Act 12), otherwise known as the Kaua‘i and O‘ahu flood recovery bill on Thursday. The measure sets aside a total of $125 million for the recovery effort — $100 million to help finance the flood recovery effort on Kaua‘i, and another $25 million for O‘ahu.

The governor signed the bill on the same day that legal and policy reviews were completed for SB 192. Reviews are conducted on all bills prior to reaching the governor’s desk.

“The floods have been devastating to families, individuals and businesses on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu. We have moved quickly to start relief and recovery efforts. This funding will help take us to the next level,” said Gov. David Ige.

The funding will be used for the repair of public facilities – including roads, bridges, county parks and infrastructure that were destroyed or severely damaged in the flooding last month.

Gov. Ige successfully requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration which was granted on Tuesday, making available millions of dollars in federal funding for emergency repairs of public facilities that were damaged in the Kaua‘i and O‘ahu flooding.

The request for federal assistance for individuals was denied, but the state is appealing the decision.

Previously, Gov. Ige made $500,000 immediately available for emergency response efforts, with an additional $10 million to speed up work to reopen roadways.

On April 15, the governor issued an emergency proclamation for Kaua‘i, and a few days later a supplemental emergency proclamation to include O‘ahu – authorizing the expenditure of state monies as appropriated for quick and efficient repairs to public facilities that were damaged by the floods.

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Cindy McMillan
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