Iselle Relief: The Latest fromCivil Defense

From Hawaii County Civil Defense:

This is a Community Assessment and Assistance information update for Thursday August 14th at 9 AM.

Incorrect rumors are circulating that generators are being distributed…. There is no distribution of generators to the public taking place. 

1.        County Public Works and Parks & Recreation crews with state Highways, Forestry crews, Hawaii National Guard, and private contractors will be continuing with debris clearance and road clearing operations. All affected subdivisions currently have access to the highways and main roadways however there may be debris and obstructions within the subdivision roadways. Once again, the community is thanked for their help and assistance with the clearing of the roads and the removal of trees and debris. Everyone is reminded that all downed power lines should be treated as energized and avoided to insure safety.

2.        HELCO crews continue to work on restoring power in the affected areas.

The various telephone service providers continue to work to restore telephone service to affected areas. Verizon reports is has restored service, while AT&T reports it has re-established intermittent coverage.

3.   Community assistance centers for the distribution of water and ice will be set up at the following locations at 12:00 noon today:

a.  Nanawale Estates Community Center

b.   Leilani Estates Community Center. People are asked to bring containers to haul potable water at Leilani

c.     Kalani Honua Retreat

  1. Hawaiian Shores Community Center

e.    Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center

f.     Ice will also be distributed at J.Hara Store in Kurtistown starting at 3 p.m. today

Supplies are limited and everyone’s patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

  1. The County Department of Environmental Management is waiving tipping fees for disaster debris from Tropical Storm Iselle. Haulers must request the waiver form at the scale house to qualify. For more information, haulers should go to the Web site


  1. Damage assessments are ongoing and being conducted by the County Office of Housing and Community Development and the Hawaii National Guard.

6    The Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency and the County of Hawai‘i will set up Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers (DARCs) on Hawai‘i Island to provide information and services to people whose property was damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle.

The schedule and location for the Disaster Assistance and Recovery Centers is:

Today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, 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

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