As lava continues to move slowly towards Pahoa, costs are increasing for Hawaii County, including those for emergency services and road construction. But there's another cost: the county's long term potential for revenue. HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.
As lava continues to threaten Pāhoa Village, Hawai'i County is facing increased costs to continue to provide access and services to lower Puna. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked about that with Mayor Billy Kenoi.
On yesterday's flight over the active lava flow from Kilauea Volcano's Pu'u 'O'o Vent, Civil Defense saw no new advance in the flow. The brushfire is now contained. The flow front is around 100 yards wide and still around one and a half miles away from Apa'a Road. HPR's Sherry Bracken has been checking in with merchants in Pahoa Village.
As lava continues its relentless advance through the Puna District of the Big Island, there has been a lot of emphasis on physical preparation. But for everybody whose lives are going to be touched one way or the other by the advancing lava flow, dealing with the emotional fallout is also important. HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with a psychologist about some of the issues.