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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                March 5, 2006

Release M-22-06






            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today praised the cooperation and teamwork of residents and City and State workers in the face of last week’s Windward Oahu floods and the cleanup that followed.

            The mayor spent several hours yesterday visiting flood-stricken neighborhoods from Kahaluu to Kahuku, thanking workers and reassuring residents that assistance will be provided.

            “City firefighters, police, road maintenance and wastewater workers, Civil Defense volunteers and so many more, along with the state and the community all did a heck of a job,” said Hannemann, who was accompanied by Managing Director Wayne Hashiro, Executive Advisor Jeff Coelho and Keoki Miyamoto, deputy director of Facility Maintenance.  “The fact that the damage wasn’t even worse is the result of a lot of people coming together. Jurisdictional lines disappeared as everyone cooperated to deal with the flooding and begin the cleanup right away.”

            The mayor added, “I was particularly touched to hear Kahuku firefighters describe how some Laie youths organized a bucket brigade and manually bailed water out of flooded homes. They took the initiative and worked long and hard to help their neighbors.”

            This week, City personnel from Department of Budget and Fiscal Services will be among those surveying the damage as part of the recovery effort. In addition, engineers from the City Department of Design and Construction will be deployed as members of joint state and City assessment teams,

            To assist the cleanup, the City is starting a special refuse collection service for Windward Oahu residents from Kahaluu to Kahuku beginning tomorrow morning.  

             “The flooding generated many tons of  debris and damaged household items and furnishings, so we are assigning extra refuse collection personnel to that area,” the mayor said.

            Automated and manual pickup by City crews begins tomorrow morning. Residents are asked to leave their waste curbside where they normally place their refuse bins. Residents are asked to separate their waste into four categories:

  • Green waste: use your blue bins and bag or bundle excess.
  • Metal items, including water heaters, refrigerators and other appliances.
  • Hazardous waste including paint, household cleansers and bottled material that requires warning labels.
  • All other refuse, including household trash, should go in the gray bins used for regular refuse collection. Items that don’t fit in the gray bins should be bagged or bundled. Carpets that don’t fit in the bin should be rolled up and tied.

            Collection begins tomorrow morning. Those residents who prefer to haul their own waste should take it to the Kapaa Transfer Station, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.




            Bill Brennan, 527-6928

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767


Monday, March 06, 2006

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