Big Island officials discuss housing plans after lava flows

Big Island officials discuss housing plans after lava flows
Fissures 8 and 22 continue producing lava contributing to flows in Kapoho. (Image: Mick Kalber/Tropical Visions Video)

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Big Island Mayor Harry Kim says construction shouldn't be prohibited in lava zones without compensating property owners for the lost use of their lands.

West Hawaii Today reports the two zones with the highest risk of inundation include part of Puna and large subdivisions in the southwestern section of the island.

Kim says his administration plans to deny rezoning to higher density developments in the first and second lava zones.

The Hawaii County Council heard from department heads Tuesday about the process of creating housing plans after hundreds of homes were destroyed or made inaccessible since the Kilauea volcano began erupting in May.

Officials say more than 200 people remain in Pahoa and Keaau shelters. The county is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on intermediate housing solutions.

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