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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2006
Release No. M-104-06
MAYOR URGES CONTINUED ROAD CAUTION AND WATER CONSERVATION
IN WAKE OF EARTHQUAKE AND BLACKOUT
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today urged motorists to exercise caution while the City completes restoring service to
“Yesterday, October 15, 2006, was an ordeal for everyone. The tremors were enough to raise concern among all who felt them. That was followed by concerns about a tsunami and then the lack of power,” said Hannemann. “Things are returning to normal, but we’re not there yet.
“We know a lot of people are being inconvenienced by the fact that not all of our traffic signals are working. We are working to resolve that, even as Hawaiian Electric is trying to complete restoring its service. We’re also still replenishing
Hannemann returned to
Many City departments and agencies responded. They include:
· Oahu Civil Defense Agency: Activated its emergency operations center immediately after the earthquake occurred and staffed it throughout the day and night. Among its first tasks was coordinating inspections of
· Honolulu Police Department: The quake occurred minutes after the department’s first watch (or shift) ended. All of those officers were recalled to duty. They and second-watch officers provided traffic control at hundreds of intersections, as well as handled security and routine duties. Officers of the third watch, which normally starts at 2:20 p.m., were asked to report at 10 a.m. and were deployed for traffic control and other duties. Plainclothes officers were also brought in to stand by overnight to respond as needed. No major incidents were reported overnight. The first watch was kept over this morning to provide extra staffing to help with the recovery.
· Emergency Services Department: Adjusted its services to accommodate limited service at several
· Environmental Services: Emergency generators at most facilities picked up the load when power went out following the quake. Two spills of partially treated wastewater were reported: An estimated 15,500 gallons at
· Department of Transportation Services: Traffic signal employees worked through the night, restoring service to traffic signals as power was restored. Because of the duration of the power outage, many signals defaulted to flashing lights as power returned. Meanwhile, the
· Board of Water Supply: Limited generator power prompted the board to take down the water level at some reservoirs. As the day went on, some areas of
· Department of Information Technology: Supported the public safety radio systems and EOC.
· Department of Facility Maintenance: Provided support for DIT when two backup generators did not kick in. These went into battery operation until DFM was able to get out and determine why the generators did not kick in. Provided a person to assist DTS with traffic signals today. Conducted preliminary damage assessment of City facilities.
Bill Brennan, 527-2968
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
|Monday, October 16, 2006|