Big Island tsunami update for Saturday, March 12th

KONA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - We spoke with Big Island Mayor, Billy Kenoi, Saturday morning for an update on the rebuilding progress after Thursday's tsunami.

County officials have opened all of the roads along the island, but crews have plenty to clean up along the roadways. According to Mayor Kenoi, there is no significant infrastructure damage to county buildings, except for roads.

Several businesses and residents all along the coasts have been impacted by the tsunami, and crews are working to do a full assessment, especially along the Kona coast. As of yet, Mayor Kenoi tells Hawaii News Now that they went around Kona Friday documenting damages to businesses and residential areas. Teams spent Saturday doing another aerial assessment to make sure they documented every area with property damage.

Officials have no monetary estimate yet, for damage caused by the tsunami. They are working to put dollar figures on the destruction.

Furthermore, the County will help expedite repairs for businesses, especially where funding is available.

The Hawaii County Government's next steps will fall in line with the State and Federal Government. They're looking into what assistance is available, after Governor Abercrombie declared a state of emergency.

First stop, during the week of March 14th, the mayor, along with all other county agencies, are meeting to discuss not only next steps, but how they can do better if another disaster strikes.

Finally, Mayor Kenoi wants to express his appreciation for everyone who has helped, and will assist around the island and internationally during this time. He said, "My heart goes out to the people of Japan, and I'm thankful everyone is safe."

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