Wednesday, January 14, 2009

KHNL8: Civil Defense Launches Stream Clean-up

Flood victims get federal aid as Civil Defense launches clean-up at streams
By Mari-Ela David
Posted: Jan 12, 2009 06:31 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2009 10:20 AM

WAIANAE (KHNL) - Federal help is on the way for victims of last December's flooding.

Civil Defense has identified four streams that need immediate clean up. Based on threats to health, safety, and public or private property, Eku Stream comes in at the top of the Civil Defense's priority list.

But the clean-up has red tape attached.

"So many of these streams are privately owned. It makes it very difficult for the Civil Defense and the State to come in there and clear them because they need to get written consent," said Rep. Maile Shimabukuro, who represents Waianae.

Shimabukuro plans to introduce a bill to make these waterways public, all in hopes of protecting flood victims from any more losses.

On Tuesday, the National Guard will clear debris, starting at Eku Stream.

The National Guard does not have heavy equipment, so Civil Defense urges anyone who has any, to lend a hand and help clear out large debris such as logs.

As for federal assistance, storm victims must register with FEMA first to apply. For details, click on the link "FEMA Aid for Flood Victims."

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