Governor Signs Supplemental Emergency Proclamation in Preparation of Lava Flow Crossing Highway 130

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed a supplemental emergency proclamation to include the repair, restorations, rebuilding, or reestablishment of Chain of Craters Road, for use as an alternate emergency route should the June 27th lava flow cross Highway 130 near Pahoa and isolate communities in lower Puna from the rest of Hawaii County.

“Even though the lava flow appears to have slowed to a halt for the time being, the state and Hawaii County are prepared and moving forward together with contingency plans in the event the lava does progress farther,” Gov. Abercrombie said.

Today’s proclamation, supplemental to the emergency proclamation signed on Sept. 5, also extends the disaster emergency relief period through Dec. 1, 2014.

The original proclamation suspended certain laws as needed for emergency purposes, including state restrictions on reestablishing abandoned roads that may be used should lava cross Highway 130. It also activated the Major Disaster Fund set aside by the state Legislature for disaster relief and facilitates access to emergency resources at the state and federal levels.

Residents are also encouraged to enroll in local notification systems and monitor local radio and television broadcasts.

2 Responses

  1. Aloha Damon,

    Do you have any information regarding a Second Supplemental Proclamation which extends the emergency proclamation of Sept 5, 2014 and its Supplemental of September 22, 2014?

    I am specifically looking for information pertaining to the prohibition enacted preventing landlords from raising rents or terminating rental agreements during the period of the emergency.

    I have learned that the portions pertaining to roads, public-works, etc, have been extended through March 6th through a Second Supplemental Proclamation, but am unable to find anything one way or the other as to whether the provisions restricting the above have also been extended. As I am currently under a 45-day notice to vacate a Puna home by January 14th, I am very much in need of this information.

    Thanks much for any help which you may be able to provide.

    –Michael

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