USACE, Partners Share Update on Lahaina Recovery Efforts.

Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided an update on the Lahaina wildfire recovery efforts during a public meeting at the Lahaina Civic Center April 10.

“As of this evening, we have cleared 574 properties—that’s 18 more today than yesterday,” said Swenson. “That means we have cleared almost fifty percent of the properties that have the right of entry.”

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives regularly attend public meetings at the Lahaina Civic Center to provide updates and answer questions bout the state of debris removal operations and other mission assignments. USACE PHOTO BY PATRICK MOES

“We are doing great and making progress. In terms of properties that have been completed and rights of entry returned to Maui County, we are at 212, said Swenson.”

Swenson addressed concerns about high winds and their effects on the community and debris removal operations, saying USACE shut down operations for two and a half days the week prior due to high winds.

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“We make informed decisions based on crew locations and wind speeds. Decisions are made based on the safety of the community and the safety of the crews.”

Following presentations, Swenson fielded questions and listened to comments from concerned members of the community about debris and tree removal, overall environmental concerns, and USACE’s role in the temporary housing mission assignment from FEMA.

Recovery Field Office Commander, Col. Eric Swenson answers questions from Lahaina, Hawaii residents during an April 10 public meeting at the Lahaina Civic Center. USACE PHOTO BY PATRICK MOES

He ended his remarks with a pitch to the community to continue engaging with USACE about the debris removal program.

“So as a public service announcement, if you have a friend, colleague, or neighbor who is uncertain whether they should join the debris removal program, you should send them our way, have them talk to someone, or call our hotline number. Talk to one of our representatives, who will answer their questions.”

USACE Recovery Field Office Commander, Col. Eric Swenson and debris mission specialists answer questions from Lahaina, Hawaii resident prior to an April 10 public meeting at the Lahaina Civic Center. USACE PHOTO BY PATRICK MOES

For more information on the federal debris removal program, call 877-214-9117 or 808-289-1805. Call center lines are open from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, and from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

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