Bill to provide $100M to storm-ravaged communities passes legislature

Bill to provide $100M to storm-ravaged communities passes legislature
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HANALEI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A bill that would provide $100 million in emergency funds for Kauai and other communities devastated by the recent historic flooding passed the state House and Senate on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 192 -- which provides funding for Kauai, East Oahu and Waimanalo -- will now head to Gov. David Ige's desk for his signature, upon which the funds can then be released.

Rep. Nadine Nakamura, who represents parts of Kauai, said the funds will be used to repair damage, clear landslides and restore infrastructure.

"The people of Hawaii have really come together to support Kauai in its time of need and we are looking forward to the release of the funds to help us get back on our feet," Nakamura said, in a statement.

The money would likely go toward the cleaning up of extensive damage and debris across multiple Kauai communities, as well as the repair of essential state and county facilities, including roads and bridges.

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