PHOTOS & VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Returns to Kauaʻi to Support Recovery, Deliver Supplies, Assess Long-Term Damages
This morning on Kauaʻi, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) joined veterans and first responders with Team Rubicon in their ongoing recovery efforts in Hanalei and Wainiha. The congresswoman and dozens of volunteers worked on homes that were damaged by the floods and storms. The congresswoman also received an update on ongoing recovery efforts from residents and local business owners.
In the afternoon, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard joined Mayor Bernard Carvalho, community leaders and leaders from Samaritan’s Purse in unloading and delivering relief supplies to Kauaʻi, including heavy-duty plastic tarp, generators, chainsaws and other equipment. The international relief organization has helped more than 40,000 families in 36 U.S. states following hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and ice storms, including more than 4,600 families in Texas and Florida recover from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. In the wake of the storm on Kauaʻi, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard alerted Samaritan's Purse president Franklin Graham of the devastation on Kauaʻi, prompting the organization to immediately send assistance and mobilize volunteer teams to mud out flooded homes, remove debris and tarp roofs. The airlifted supplies delivered today left North Carolina Wednesday morning, and arrived in Līhuʻe this afternoon.
Later in the day, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard met with residents and small businesses in Kōloa on the South shore of Kauaʻi that were devastated by the storm.
Gabbard also visited Kauaʻi April 19-21 to assist with the immediate aftermath and recovery following the record-setting storm.