Gov. Abercrombie, Mayor Kenoi tour Big Island damage

Published On: Aug 13 2014 11:06:05 PM HST   Updated On: Aug 13 2014 11:14:27 PM HST

Gov. Neil Abercrombie promised swift action to Big Island residents who are still without power, water and supplies.

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Abercrombie did a ground assessment Wednesday of the damage in Puna. He visited and toured the Nanawale Community Center to thank the volunteers and got an update on supplies.

He says he's going to work his hardest to file the proper federal declarations to get residents the assistance they need.

“We're getting it there as fast as it's possible, humanly possible to do,” said Abercrombie. “The Guard, the County workers, everybody are moving as fast as it's possible to have it happen."

"Of course no one wants to be in a situation where they don't have their electricity, they don't have their water. But, I can guarantee you this, everyone is doing as hard as they can, as fast as they can to see to it that life comes back to normal as quickly as it's possible to take place,” said Abercrombie.

The governor also briefly touched on the elections saying it’s not his decision. It is up to the Office of Elections and not the executive office on whether to hold the election.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi was also on the grounds assessing the storm damage and helping with relief efforts.

“The most important thing is there wasn’t a single loss of life. You know things that are broken can be fixed. Stuff that is lost, we can replace, but we’re so happy there was no loss of life or serious injury reported because of Iselle,” said Kenoi.

The mayor says there are about 150 National Guard soldiers on the ground to help prevent looting and any other problems.

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PHOTOS: Iselle storm damage, preps

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