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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  March 10, 2006

Release M-27-06




            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today (Friday, March 10, 2006) announced City agencies will be offering assistance to Windward Oahu residents whose homes were damaged by recent floods.

            “We are happy to work with the state and federal governments and the American Red Cross to help people who have suffered from the deluge,” said Hannemann. “The City’s resources in disaster relief are fairly limited, but we’ll do whatever we can to assist the residents.”

            Six City agencies will have representatives at the Disaster Assistance and Recovery Center that the Oahu Civil Defense Agency and state Civil Defense will operated this weekend. The center will be open at Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday.

            The City’s assistance was triggered by official declarations of emergency for the flood-stricken areas. The agencies include:

·       Department of Community Services, which can provide disaster recovery loans of up to $125,000, at interest rates of no more than 2 percent, to repair damage to homes and property. DCS representatives can help residents apply for loans.

·       Department of Planning and Permitting, which can waive the permit fee for construction to repair or replace flood damage. DPP personnel can advise residents about permit requirements for such work and will have permit applications available.

·       Real Property Assessment Division of the Department of Budget and Finance will be on hand to explain the program where eligible homeowners can apply for partial refunds of their property taxes for damage sustained by their homes.

            In addition, the representatives of the Oahu Civil Defense Agency will be at the assistance and recovery center along officials from the City Department of Facility Maintenance and Department of Environmental Services, who can describe the services they are providing.




            John Cummings III, 523-4121

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767


Friday, March 10, 2006

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