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Resources available for flood impacts

With recent and unpredictable heavy rain weather events in Hawaii, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Engineering Division is offering individuals and businesses many resources, such as alerts, tips and overall preparedness information.

The Engineering Division is the state agency responsible for assisting with the coordination of the National Flood Insurance Program between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and individual counties.

DLNR Engineering’s Wai Halana website has up-to-date information on floodplain management and flood insurance in the state. The blog, titled “Resources for Individuals and Business Affected by the Kona Low Weather Event,” provides information on reporting damages to county officials, information on how to file a flood claim and other mitigation resources.

Most standard homeowners insurance policies do not cover flooding. Anyone wanting information on obtaining flood insurance should contact their insurance agent, visit the National Flood Insurance Program website at floodsmart .gov or call the program’s Help Center at (877) 336-2627.

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