Schatz: Maui County To Receive More Than $1.2 Million To Repair Awalau Road Following Last Year’s Mudslides
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i) today announced that Hawai‘i will receive $1,262,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to repair Awalau Road from damages caused by last year’s mudslides.
“This new federal funding will repair Awalau Road from the damage it suffered in last year’s mudslides and make the road more resilient to flooding, helping families on Maui to safely and easily get around,” said Senator Schatz, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.
In March of 2021, storms and subsequent flooding caused significant damage to critical infrastructure on Maui, including Awalau Road. Senator Schatz quickly called on President Biden to approve the state’s request for a disaster declaration, unlocking federal resources, including FEMA funding. The money announced today will be used to repave Awalau Road, replace its guardrails, and remove debris to restore it to its pre-storm function and capacity. It will also support installing cutoff walls that will allow floodwaters to cross over the road without causing future damage.