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170 on Oahu have sought help with flood recovery, city says

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Updated: Apr. 27, 2018 at 12:46 PM HST
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OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two weeks after a historic rain event damaged numerous properties across Waimanalo and East Oahu, emergency management officials say at least 170 people have sought some sort of flood recovery assistance from the city.

On Monday, the city began opening four Disaster Recovery Centers for residents who had been adversely affected by the storm; the final of those centers closed at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

"The Red Cross damage assessment teams on O'ahu identified a little over 180 affected homes with four being destroyed and another 48 with major damage", said Melvin N. Kaku, director for the city Department of Emergency Management. "Although the recovery centers are closed, access to assistance information is still available from the city's Department of Emergency Management."

Jonny Michaels was one of about a dozen people who showed up at Waimanalo District Park on Monday, more than a week after flood waters ravaged his Mekia Street home.

"Personally for me it's just been overwhelming ... you can only take so much before you break," Michaels said.

Residents like Michaels could also still be aided by a FEMA Federal Disaster Declaration.

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