For our new blog segment, Throwback Thursday, what could be better than watching an informative video from a few years back, about the wet season here in Hawaii - and how to stay safe when experiencing flash flood or if you get caught outside during a storm. We don't have a cold season here in... Continue Reading →
Please join us at this years BIA Home Building and Remodeling Show at Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. The show starts January 25 and ends January 27. Our DLNR Flood and Dam Section will be set up at booth #725, educating homeowners on their flood zone and flood risk. Stop by and say hi.
Wildfires change the landscape, destroying root structure and creating top soil that could repel water instead of absorbing it. Debris flows and mudflows can occur up to five years after a wildfire. Debris flows can take homes off their foundations and can carry things like vegetation, trees, large boulders and vehicles. Mudflows on the other... Continue Reading →
The answer is “YES”. Every property in Hawaii has a flood zone designation. It may not be in a high-risk flood zone (A or V zones) that would require mandatory flood insurance purchase as a condition of a federally regulated loan, but it doesn’t mean that flooding is not possible. In fact, 20% flood insurance... Continue Reading →
In a Kokua Line article by Christine Donnelly which appeared in the Star Advertiser on December 2, 2016 titled “Flood Insurance Safeguards Common Areas of High-Rises”, a reader asked: “ Why is flood insurance needed in high-rise condo units? My residence is on the 30th floor of a condominium inHonolulu. This condo is in a... Continue Reading →
I know, I borrowed that slogan from that famous gecko commercial, but the fact that freeboarding could save you a significant amount of money and prevent flooding and flood related damages to your house is undeniable. First, let’s talk about what freeboarding actually is. Freeboard is the elevation of a building’s lowest floor to a... Continue Reading →