Maui County asks residents to complete damage assessment survey
The Hawaii state chapter of the American Red Cross sent an assessment team to Molokai Sunday to assist residents in the Kamalo area affected by Friday’s tsunami.
Besides Molokai, Red Cross crews were focused on locations in Kona and Kealakekua on the Big Island, and Wailuku, Spreckelsville and Kihei. Crews visited those areas on Saturday.
Maria Lutz of the American Red Cross said that some homes in the Kamalo area, between mileposts 10 and 15, were knocked off their foundations.
“One was actually picked up off its foundation and thrown quite a ways,” she said. “It took volunteers quite a while to find the house.” Lutz said the volunteers found it after hiking awhile. Overall, six homes were affected in the area.
On Kalaupapa, 56 residents of the community, including a number of patients from the care facility, were evacuated to a location a mile inland during the early hours of Friday morning. No damage to Kalaupapa National Historic Park resources or facilities has been reported.
Governor Neil Abercrombie told people this morning he’ll do everything he can to get help to make repairs. He says the damage statewide wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be, although it has been estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars.
Maui Civil Defense Agency asks residents to report all tsunami-related damages to its office.
This information will ensure that the County of Maui has a complete picture of the scope of damage caused by the March 11 tsunami. Data collected will allow county officials to determine if the county qualifies for any state or federal assistance, as well as to assist with flood plain and tsunami inundation zone mapping. MCDA will accept damage assessment surveys through Friday, March 18.
Completion of a Damage Assessment survey does not constitute an application for assistance. Affected parties still need to file claims with their insurance companies.
The survey can be accessed from the home page of the County of Maui website: www.mauicounty.gov.
For more information, contact the Maui Civil Defense Agency at 270-7285.