|Before the storm. Mauna Loa's solar observatory with a view of a snowcapped Mauna Kea. Blizzards on the summits and|
heavy rains are expected this weekend. See more below. Photo from USGS
|Rep. Kai Kahele works on the Navy's fuel contamination|
of drinking water on his flight back from Washington, D.C.
today. Photo from Kai Kahele
The delegation also implores Gov. David Ige to ask Pres. Joe Biden to declare an emergency to assist those exposed to the contaminated water and to fix the problem. It calls for a "wholesale change in an organizational culture that has allowed too many accidents to occur without any accountability."
While the statement calls for the Navy to provide all affected residents with safe drinking water, lodging and other services, it also says the Navy must work to make sure any fuel leaks are contained to prevent further contamination of drinking water resources on and off the military base. It urges the governor to ask for the emergency declaration "as soon as possible so that the state has access to every resource available to make families whole and protect the people of Hawai'i from future leaks.”
The governor issued a statement saying that he “urged the Navy to conduct a thorough investigation immediately and to take every precaution necessary to keep the community safe. I’ve also ordered the State Department of Health to continue independent testing and to be prepared to take immediate action to protect our drinking water.”
The Navy has offered those in affected housing alternative sources of water and places to shower and wash clothes, and also to pay for temporary housing off base.
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|Some flooding like this along Wood Valley Road in 2014 is expected this weekend, with heavy rains and a flood|
advisory in effect Friday night. Photo by Julia Neal
"The County and/or USDA Farm Service Agency may ask for an assessment of damages and losses from growers and ranchers and may be able to provide support to those affected. When an announcement is made by the County and/ or FSA, please contact them so they can learn of the full impact of the storm, damages and how to best assist."
|Flood Advisory in light green, blizzard warning in red and flood advisory|
in dark green on Friday night on the Big Island. NOAA map
closures, active shelters, active fires, active flooding, and utility outages.
"Would be thieves are breaking into or stealing vehicles when they are easy targets because owners leave valuables in plain sight, leave vehicle windows down and vehicle doors unlocked. Often times in the reported incidents police have found that the vehicle keys were left in the vehicle ignition or in the vehicle console.It’s not just isolated areas that this activity is taking place either. During the holiday season wherever people gather can become potential hot spots for criminal activity according to Captain Scott Amaral patrol commander in Puna.
Police are offering up these other no non-sense tips:
Park only in well-lit areas. Don’t ever leave your car running, and unattended. Always keep your keys with you and never leave them in the vehicle. Activate/install audible vehicle alarms. Never leave valuables in a vehicle. Always lock your vehicle doors. Never leave a hidden spare key with the vehicle.
At home, never leave spare keys out in the open.
HPD reports that it will increase Police patrols, and form special units in an effort to combat and apprehend offenders in vehicle thefts.
The Hawai‘i Police Department’s Community Policing Teams can assist public members wanting to increase their ability to fight back against becoming a victim of crime. They can call 961-2350 in East Hawaii and 326-4646, ext. 259 in West Hawai‘i.
The Hawai‘i Island Police remind the public to be observant, report suspicious activity by calling the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311, or in an emergency 911.
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