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                                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    March 9, 2006






            The Oahu Civil Defense Agency, police and other City agencies are making preparations for evacuating flood-prone North Shore areas because of heavy rains over Central Oahu this morning.

            Officials are monitoring the Lake Wilson dam on Kaukonahua Stream. The stream winds past Otake Camp in Waialua, and has forced evacuation of the former sugar plantation camp on many occasions over the years. Police officers and Civil Defense volunteers are going door-to-door in Otake Camp the former sugar plantation camp to warn residents that evacuation may be necessary if the water at the dam reaches danger levels.

             Waialua District Park gym is being prepared to serve as an evacuation shelter.  If the water at the dam rises even more, police and Civil Defense volunteers are prepared to evacuate areas of Waialua further downstream from the camp.

            In addition, authorities on the other side of Central Oahu  are monitoring Waiawa Stream near the Kamehameha Highway/Farrington Highway and H-1/H-2 junction.

             Oahu Civil Defense Administrator Bill Balfour said, “The National Weather Service expects heavy showers on Oahu throughout today and into tomorrow and we’ll be watching for flooding across the island.”

            Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, “With last week’s heavy rains, some portions of the island are so saturated, flooding could occur. Everyone should take precautions and stay alert for  weather updates until this system has passed.”

            The mayor noted that the weather service is warning that intense showers could fall over any portion of Oahu for brief periods. “Unlike last week, these rains are expected to be widely dispersed across the island, and they could be very heavy,” said Hannemann.          

            Last night, Oahu Civil Defense volunteers and City police and firefighters helped residents of several  Hauula homes evacuate last night when heavy rains pelted Windward Oahu.

            The Emergency Services Department has deployed it disaster response conference trailer to Swanzy Beach Park in Kaaawa for use by the American Red Cross in its recovery assistance support for  victims of last week’s and last night’s flooding. The department’s second trailer is being prepositioned to serve Central Oahu or the North Shore if the need arises.

            The Oahu Civil Defense Agency’s emergency operations center was activated yesterday and remains operational today.



            John Cummings III, OCDA, 523-4121

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767


Thursday, March 09, 2006

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