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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2006
WINDWARD FLOODING PROMPTS EMERGENCY DECLARATION
City Managing Director Wayne Hashiro has declared a state of emergency for Windward Oahu because of severe rainfall and flooding that began Wednesday, intensified yesterday and continued overnight.
The declaration notes that “the heavy and persistent rains caused flash flooding, the evacuation of residents and extensive property damage in several areas of the island, with the most extensive damage occurring on the
Hashiro signed the declaration as acting mayor, on behalf of Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who is out of the state. The declaration triggers applications by the City for federal disaster relief assistance.
The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warning for
The flooding, which began Wednesday and has continued, caused three major road closures this morning:
Motorists are advised to avoid those areas.
Runoff from the rains also caused several sewage spills, the largest of which occurred at the Kaneohe Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility, where an estimated 150,000 gallons of sewage is believed to have spilled. Smaller spills have also been reported at the Kailua Wastewater Treatment Plant, where an estimated 1,000 gallons is believed to have spilled; the Waimanalo Treatment Plant; manholes at Nahiku Street in Kaneohe and Hele Street and Wanaao Road in Kailua.
The rain prompted the closure of the City’s Ala Wai and Pali golf courses today, and play at the Ewa Villages course is limited to nine holes.
John Cummings III, OCDA, 523-4121
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
|Friday, March 03, 2006|