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Oahu Earthquake Victim Feels Left Out

Theresa Wery, earthquake victim Theresa Wery, earthquake victim
Fallen chimney Fallen chimney
Fallen chimney Fallen chimney
Hole left from fallen chimney Hole left from fallen chimney

By : Stephen Florino

(KHNL) - Help is constant on the Big Island for the victims of the massive earthquake that jolted the islands two weeks ago.

Officials from the county, state and federal level continue to gather damage assessments, which is estimated to pass the $200 million level.

But at least one victim on Oahu feels she's being overlooked.

"Well, frustrating," said Theresa Wery. "It's been just a waiting game."

Her home in Manoa suffered extensive damage, and two weeks later, it's still not fixed. Wery's waiting to see if she'll get any help to pay to fix her home. So far, she's been told she's not eligible.

"With most of the estimates in, it's up to $200,000 right now," said Wery. "Scary."

Wery admits we are fortuante. No one was killed or seriously hurt in the quake. But a pile of rocks used to be the chimney outside her home. It came crashing down in the earthquake, bringing down parts of the roof and façade with it.

The quake left cracks in the fireplace inside the house, and also broke the water and sewer lines.

The home is listed on the national register of historic places, and Wery runs a bed and breakfast here.

Many guests, even long time ones, are cancelling.

"It has nothing to do with the house," said Wery. "It has a lot to do with another earthquake."

Officials at the state civil defense say because the Big Island suffered the most extensive damage, federal loans for individual victims will be available to them first.

They say assessment teams are on the other islands, to see if those victims will qualify for federal help. Wery hopes that she'll be one of them and isn't thinking about the alternative.

"I don't wanna even think about that," said Wery. "I'll just cross the bridge when i get to it."

Officials say even though individuals may not qualify for federal money or loans, there are other programs under the state and county that can help pay for damage.

But they also say there are no guarantees, and victims will likely have to pay for some of the repairs themselves.

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