(ABOVE) Hawaii County Civil Defense message with video of the ongoing clean-up and power restoration effort
Video courtesy Hawaii National Guard, HELCO | Audio from HCCD message
PUNA, Hawaii – Hawaii County Civil Defense issued a new Community Assessment and Assistance information update on Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m.
HELCO crews continue to work on restoring power in the affected areas. About 6,800 customers remain without power. Thank you for your patience and understanding with this effort. Please do not interfere with the operations of the HELCO crews.
County, National Guard, and private crews continue to clear debris from roadways. All subdivisions currently have access to highways and main roadways, however there may be debris and obstructions within the subdivision roadways. Crews report that access to Wood Valley in Pahala has been cleared. Remember that all downed power lines should be treated as energized and avoided to ensure safety.
Hawaiian Shores reports that their water system is now operational and safe to drink.
Community Assistance Centers will be open tomorrow, Wednesday from noon to 4 P.M. at Community Centers in Hawaiian Shores, Leilani Estates, and Nanawale, as well as the Kalani Retreat Center.
These centers will offer water, ice, and other supplies while they last. Bring a container for ice or water as bags or bottles may not be available. If you are able to get to a retail store to get your supplies, we encourage you to do so and leave these supplies for those who cannot get to a store.
Damage assessments are ongoing and being conducted by the County Office of Housing and Community Development and the Hawai‘i National Guard.
The Hawai‘i State Emergency Management Agency and the County of Hawai‘i will set up Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers on Hawai‘i Island to provide information and services to people whose property was damaged by the storm.
The schedule and location for the Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers is:
Thursday August 14 and Friday August 15 from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the Pahoa Community Center
Saturday August 16 and Sunday August 17 from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the Mountain View Gym
For more information on the Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers, contact the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency at (808)733-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.orgHawaii County Civil Defense