HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - State civil defense officials say as of Friday, they have received 377 reports of damage caused by the severe weather last week. Kauai was heavily hit by the rains. Teams are continuing to assess the destruction on that island.
Of those 377 storm damage reports statewide, 65 came through the toll-free hotline that the state set up last week.
So far, the financial toll of the unrelenting rains and resulting floods is estimated at $1.7 million. If the state meets certain criteria, Governor Abercrombie can ask for federal disaster assistance.
On the Garden Island, there are two teams of six going around and assessing the damage to homes and businesses. Danny Tengan from state civil defense says the teams have already seen about 100 homes on Kauai affected in some way.
"They had a lot of mud in the house," Tengan described. "The river carries a lot of dirt and rubbish going through the house. A lot of the homes, the properties got somebody else's stuff as well as nature's rubbish in their property."
"I've lived on this island all my life and I've seen a lot of damages, but this damage that I've seen so far is unbelievable," Ted Daligdig, Kauai County Civil Defense manager, said. "Given the amount of rain we had fall in a short period of time, I can now tend to believe that Mother Nature is strong."
Kauai County has 30 days from last Sunday to turn its damage report in.
Hawaii homeowners may qualify for federal aid if the number of residences sustaining major damage reaches 173. Civil defense officials encourage those whose property was damaged by the severe weather between March 3 and 11 to call the hotline at 855-211-7456, ext 654.