Big Island Damage Estimate Likely To Soar

Viernes Roque
Viernes Roque
Katy Corsaud
Katy Corsaud

Oct 28, 2006 11:24 AM

by Beth Hillyer

(KHNL) - Damage estimates from the recent earthquake on the Big Island may double, according to University of Hawaii engineers.

And for the first time, home and business owners found help on Friday at two disaster relief centers on the Big Island.

University of Hawaii engineers released shocking news, after surveying the damage they estimate the toll will reach 200 million dollars.

This new figure represents repairs to damaged homes.

On Friday, some of those homeowners reached out for help

"The only damage is basically the sewage base of garage foundation," said Honoka'a homeowner Viernes Roque.

"We are hoping to serve anyone who suffered any kind of damage form the earthquake," said Kathy Corsaud of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "If your home was destroyed or damaged we want to hear from you we know it is a major loss for people."

Those whose lives were turned upside down by the earthquake found help Friday at two new disaster recovery centers.

"So we really encourage you to come down to center here YMCA Waimea,come in talk to FEMA, the Small Business Administration, talk to other agencies see how they can begin recovery from earthquake," said Rick Jenkins with the Small Business Administration.

Even church memebers are looking for assistance

"Our church was damaged.. Honokaa United Methodist Church had damage to our chimney church. It's about 80 years old," said Rose Marie Dobbs.

The Salvation Army is among those helping

"We have been paying rent giving out food vouchers helping them anyway we can," said Carol Ganot. "American Red Cross is here on the ground for the people with a lot of other agencies we want to help all the people we can."

And they teamed up with the community Friday to serve a piping hot lunch that included chili and rice.

Local businesses are also helping out.

KHNL learned one Big Island grocery store chain is handing out food coupons to earthquake victims.