NOAA Grant to Help Hawaii Improve Flood Mitigation Plans

October 20, 2010

Residential coastal flooding on Kauai.

Residential coastal flooding on Kauai.

High Resolution (Credit: NOAA Pacific Services Center)

NOAA has awarded the State of Hawaii a planned three-year grant totaling $560,253, to improve the state’s flood mitigation plan. The grant is part of the NOAA Pacific Services Center’s Coastal Resilience Networks (CRest) program.

With the support of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the new CRest grant program addresses the need, documented by the Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO), to fund programs that help communities withstand the risks of coastal hazards.

“As much as we need the rain to nourish our islands, it has the potential to flood our low-lying neighborhoods and communities situated near the ocean, in flood plains, or near streams. These funds will help planners and first responders prepare our communities for heavy rain and flooding,” said Sen. Inouye.

The updated plan will include improved flood and flood-related hazards information, and help federal and state agencies to make the decisions needed to prevent flooding disasters. The Hawaii Statewide Flood Mitigation Plan also provides public educational information about flood risks, flood histories, hydrologic data, land-use regulations, plus a library of flood studies and post-flood reports. This information will all be updated as part of this grant. The effort to update the plan is scheduled to begin this month.

Flood damage to a residence on Maui, December 2007.

Flood damage to a residence on Maui, December 2007.

High Resolution (Credit: NOAA Pacific Services Center)

The NOAA Pacific Services Center is committed to promoting community resilience, and offers grants to organizations that are involved in the protection of coastal and ocean resources.

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