Thursday, Aug. 21,2014
5:15pm: Downed trees cause Puna hiking trail closure
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife has closed the Puna hiking trail until further notice, due to severe tree fall caused by Hurricane Iselle. These downed trees are blocking access to Haena (Shipman) beach in the South Hilo area.
“Removal of these downed trees will take DOFAW crews some time to complete,” said Steven Bergfeld, DOFAW Hawaii branch manager.
“DOFAW appreciates the public's cooperation and understanding the need to keep this trail closed for public safety until it can be cleared,” he said.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed a request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration asking for federal assistance to help pay for damage caused by Tropical Storm Iselle, which impacted Hawaii from Aug. 7 to 9, 2014.
The request seeks Individual Assistance for Hawaii County. Individual Assistance would make additional funding, loans and services available to affected residents.
For updates on Iselle recovery efforts, visit the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website at: scd.hawaii.gov11am: Hawaiian Electric donates $25,000
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