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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hawaii: $3 million in tsunami damages, up to a dozen boats lost, Abercrombie signs emergency proclamation

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie issued an emergency proclamation Friday, the first step toward securing federal disaster relief to help pay for repairs to damage done during the tsunami.

Abercrombie said the state suffered at $3 million in damages to boat harbors, parks, and other property. That figure, he added, is likely to grow.

"This is going to be a considerable financial burden to assume, so we are going to try to maximize the opportunities to share those costs with appropriate agencies," Abercrombie said.

The state is already working with FEMA and Abercrombie said his office has been in contact with the white house to let President Obama know Hawaii will be seeking federal assistance. (read more)