Hanapēpē & Waimea Rivers & Moloa‘a Stream & Bay Areas Impacted DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES COUNTY OF KAUA‘I DAVID Y. IGEGOVERNOR SUZANNE D. CASECHAIRPERSON DEREK KAWAKAMIMAYOR JOINT NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 12, 2021 KAUA‘I PROPERTY OWNERS MAY BE FACED WITH MANDATORY FLOOD INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS ON FEBRUARY 26 Hanapēpē & Waimea Rivers... Continue Reading →
Do you own, rent, or in the process of purchasing a property near Hanapepe River, Waimea River, or Moloa'a Stream? This is a reminder of Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) pending Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) updates for Kauai County scheduled to be effective on February 26, 2021. Why should I be concerned? The flood... Continue Reading →
In order to broadcast vital information in a timely manner, all four counties offer residents and visitors the ability to receive emergency notifications should they arise. These alerts will provide information on impending weather changes or emergencies.
Data on ground elevations are the most important input for flood maps and this hazard mapping is the foundation for floodplain management and flood insurance rating. Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth. The United States Geological Survey's (USGS) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) announced... Continue Reading →
According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, there is an ongoing La Nina event in the Pacific. This La Nina event is expected to persist through the spring of 2021. The consensus of climate models is projecting large scale wetter than average conditions over the Hawaiian Islands region from December 2020 through April 2021.
"Is your property going to see a change in flood risk?" A Letter of Final Determination (LFD) was issued by FEMA on August 26, 2020 indicating that new flood hazard determinations affecting Kauai County’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report will become effective in 6 months. Updated flood studies for Hanapepe and Waimea... Continue Reading →
Representatives from the City and County Honolulu (City) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) signed a Charter that signals a next step to reduce flood risk along 22 streams on O‘ahu. Detailed flood hazard studies have been initiated by FEMA under their Risk MAP program. These rigorous studies are being developed under contract and... Continue Reading →
With an impending lapse of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) fast approaching at the close of FY20 fiscal year, the House of Representatives voted to extend the NFIP until the end of FY21 as part of a measure to provide continuous funding to the federal government until December 11, 2020. H.R.8337 will still need... Continue Reading →