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Community Meetings on Kona Flood Studies Set for April 29th

Media Release

Consultants will share results of the flood study for South Kona and seek input for the North Kona flood study on Wednesday, April 29 from 3 p.m. to 8 pm at the Outtrigger Keauhou Beach Resort.

Consultants will alternate their discussions in separate meetings for the South and North Kona studies. The two South Kona meetings are 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and North Kona meetings are 4:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

To ensure that all residents and business owners understand the map change process and are aware of their options, representatives from Hawaii County and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be on hand to answer questions.

South Kona consultants will focus on the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) watercourses 13- 20.  To download a map of these watercourses go to the “South Kona Flood Hazard Study” map, http://co.hawaii.hi.us/info/projects.htm

At 4:15p.m., consultants for the North Kona Flood Study will discuss topographic information collected using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) measurements for Waiaha Drainage way, Split flows & Tributaries; Horseshoe Bend Drainage way; Holualoa Drainage way; Zone A and the Kaumalumalu Drainage way, & Tributaries. Consultants will ask the community to prioritize the watercourses for the FEMA maps changes.

The results of the South Kona Flood Study and the LIDAR of the North Kona flood plain boundaries are not on the preliminary digital flood hazard maps for Hawaii County recently released by FEMA.

FEMA map changes for watercourses 1-12 and 21-24 in South Kona and the results of the North Kona flood study will be presented and discussed in 2010.

If you require special services to participate at this meeting, please call Public Works at 961-8321 to arrange for sign language interpreter, or to have materials printed in larger print.

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