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Ige seeks disaster declaration from Obama for Maui flooding

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HONOLULU (AP) - Gov. David Ige says he plans to ask President Barack Obama for federal assistance to help Maui communities clean up and repair areas damaged by flooding through Iao Valley.

The state and Maui County have already issued disaster declarations for last week's heavy rains, which officials estimate caused at least $15 million in damage to public lands. That number could rise as officials continue to assess the area.

Ige toured the damage Thursday and promised to request a presidential disaster declaration for public assistance.

Thirty members of the Hawaii Air and Army National Guard have been helping with debris removal.

The heavy rains made rivers and streams overflow, flooding several homes with mud and debris and causing landslides. The Iao Valley State Monument was heavily damaged and remains closed.

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