Sponsored by:

Comment, blog & share photos

Log in | Become a member
The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 9:03 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Governor to hold Kaua'i town hall meeting

Advertiser Staff

Gov. Linda Lingle will conduct an aerial surveillance at first light to inspect the area damaged by the breach of Kaloko Dam on Kaua'i, a news release said.

Following the aerial surveillance, Lingle and other and state and county officials will conduct a town hall meeting to update residents on the current dam situation. The meeting will be held at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center (24-60 Keneke Street) beginning at 8:30 a.m., according to the release.

Scheduled to attend are County Mayor Bryan Baptiste, State Adjutant General Robert Lee, state Rep. Hermina Morita, Council Chair Kaipo Asing, Governor's Chief of Staff Bob Awana and Deputy Director of Transportation Highways Division Brennon Morioka.

This afternoon, Lingle extended an emergency proclamation to cover the period of heavy rains that triggered the dam failure on Kaua'i this morning and the rains that are expected across the state through the coming weekend, the release said.

The extension says, in part, "I find that the dangerous conditions of certain reservoirs in the State of Hawai'i and erosion, and fear of failure in certain reservoirs constitute a public nuisance which are dangerous to the public health and safety or to property.

"The supplemental proclamation goes on to authorize the director of civil defense or the vice director of Civil Defense to direct that any public nuisances be summarily abated, and if need be that the property be destroyed, by any police officer or authorized person in order to protect the public health and safety."

The governor's original emergency proclamation, issued March 2, was extended this past weekend covering residents and businesses on all islands impacted by heavy rains and flooding beginning March 8-12.

Adjutant General Lee, Hawai'i's director of Civil Defense, asked the governor to extend the proclamation again today after heavy rains on Kaua'i caused the failure of Kaloko Reservoir Dam, the release said.

The supplemental proclamation Lingle signed this afternoon extends through Sunday and covers all four counties.

The proclamation activated programs to make personal and commercial loans available to people whose homes or businesses sustained damage caused by the rains; activated the state's Major Disaster Fund to speed relief and recovery; and authorized the use of National Guard troops, if necessary, to assist civilian authorities in disaster relief, averting imminent public danger, and to assist in debris removal.

While the governor's original proclamation remains in effect, the supplementary proclamation issued this afternoon extends state disaster programs and services to the residents affected by recent rains and flooding.