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Schatz: $2.2 Million In Federal Funding Headed To Hawai‘i Island To Repair Old Mamalahoa Highway After Damage From Hurricane Lane

HONOLULU — U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today announced that Hawai‘i County will receive $2,246,668.50 in new federal funding to repair Old Mamalahoa Highway after severe flood damage from Hurricane Lane in 2018.

“This new grant will help us build guard rails and other improvements on Old Mamalahoa Highway after damage from Hurricane Lane. That way, we can keep the road open even after heavy storms and help Big Island families travel safely,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "As we continue to recover from the natural disasters of 2018, I'll keep fighting for more federal resources for our state."

This new federal grant came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding will restore the damaged section of the highway to its pre-disaster condition.

To date, Hawai‘i has received more than $12 million to recover from Hurricane Lane and a half a billion dollars in total federal relief funding to recover from the 2018 natural disasters.