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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         January 30, 2007




                              SURF RESPONSE


     The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended the high surf warning for Oahu until 6 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2007.


     A high surf warning means that coastal residents need to remain cautious and stay well away from beaches and out of the ocean on Oahu’s north- and west-facing shores until the hazard subsides.


     Overnight most high surf-related problems were confined to sand and debris being deposited on highways in Nanakuli, Maili’ili, Sunset Beach and Punalu’u. No reports of damage to homes or property were received by Oahu Civil Defense.


     Civil Defense volunteers will once again assist with emergency management coordination, traffic control and surf observations tonight.


     Oahu Civil Defense, the City Department of Parks and Recreation, Honolulu Police Department, City Department of Transportation Services and the American Red Cross discussed plans today for the evacuation and sheltering of homeless families residing along the Leeward Coast should the high surf pose a hazard.


     In addition, the Waimea Bay parking lot will be closed tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. so that City road crews from Laie can begin operations to remove sand blocking the Waimea River.  Parts of the beach will also be closed until the operation is completed.  The Honolulu Police Department and Oahu Civil Defense volunteers will also provide assistance.






John M. Cummings III

Public Information Officer

(808) 523-4121  Office

(808) 499-7937  Cell                                          
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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