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Feds fly in to assess damage, check on flood victims

Marylin Kealoha Marylin Kealoha

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HALEIWA (KHNL) - The federal government is checking to see if it should step in and help flood victims.

Agents from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) flew in from the mainland to assess the storm damage, and talk to victims.

One of the areas they looked at on Tuesday is Haleiwa. They're here to see with their own eyes, just how much help victims need.

The agents will then recommend whether the SBA should approve Governor Linda Lingle's request for long-term low-interest loans for renters, homeowners and businesses affected by the storm.

"For a loan, I just can't do it. My mortgage is already high and I'm one of those who's trying to stay above water, especially now that I'm on disability, my husband's on disability, we just can't afford a loan right now," said flood victim Marylin Kealoha.

On Wednesday, the state civil defense will open three disaster recovery centers to assist flood victims - the Makaha Resort and Golf Club in Waianae, Shingon Mission in Haleiwa, and the Aloha Center at BYU in Laie.

These aren't shelters. They're places where flood victims can get information or services.

Civil defense leaders urge community organizations, faith-based groups, and businesses to help flood victims with things like donated household items.

They say the more people pull together, the easier it will be for victims to cope and get through this disaster.

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