Tsunami damage in Hawaii estimated at tens of millions

HONLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The total combined damage in Hawaii from the March 11 tsunami is in the tens of millions of dollars, according to the governor's office, and that estimate is expected to grow.

In an earlier statement, the governor's office said the damage estimate would about $300 million, but they have since revised that figure down.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie will visit areas Tuesday that were damaged by the tsunami that swept through the islands last week.

On Sunday, Governor Abercrombie renewed his efforts in seeking federal money by signing a supplementary proclamation to expand the State of Disaster Proclamation he signed on Friday.

The proclamation is the first step in the process of seeking and receiving federal funds to recover and rebuild.

Abercrombie has assigned Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to oversee efforts to ensure that Hawaii maximizes all federal recovery dollars for our tsunami victims.

Schatz will explore all possible opportunities, including recovery loans for businesses and residents through the Small Business Administration and other organizations.

State Civil Defense teams and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources continue to lead the efforts in assessing all areas that have been affected. These areas include:

Oahu: Haleiwa, Keehi Lagoon

Hawaii: Honokohau Harbor, Milolii, Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua

Maui: Kahului, Kihei, Spreckelsville

Molokai: Kamalo

These locations have damage to government facilities, private businesses and residential property.

The tsunami was the result of an 9.0 magnitude earthquake that shook Japan at 7:46 p.m. Hawaii time on March 10.

For more information about the State of Disaster Proclamation, go to http://hawaii.gov/gov.

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