Hau'ula residents are fed up with flooding

Hau'ula residents are fed up with flooding

Published  10:24 PM HST Dec 16, 2012
Hauula flooding
HAU'ULA, Hawaii -

Hau'ula residents are fed up with the flooding that comes with every storm. They said it's time for state and city agencies to figure out a solution. Residents said it's just a matter of time before the Pokiwai stream rises.

"We are going to flood. We are absolutely going to flood," said Verna Ulii who lives by the stream.

The stream is supposed to flow into the ocean through a pipe and under the bridge at Waimanana. Sand easily builds up under the bridge, so the pipe is the only way for the stream to flow out.

Residents said the duckbill valve was added to the pipe to help the stream flow into the ocean, but they said it has failed.

"I had water one time that was just inches from going into my home," said Ulii.

They said they've been asking local agencies to fix the problem for at least eight years now. The potential flooding is not just tiresome, but dangerous.

Residents said during a storm water easily floods the bottom of the bridge, so it forces them to shovel an opening on both sides of the bridge.

"We shovel the sand literally just to get the water flow out so we can get the relief that we need," said Ulii.

"We don't sleep, we don't sleep at night. And that's exactly the point, is that when it does flood it's always in the middle of the night ... where there is no one to call," said resident Amy Madsen.

Ulii said there's no more swimming in the stream. When it's not flooding the water looks dirty because it's just stagnant.

"They are asking all parties to go to the drawing board to come up with a solution once and for all," said environmental activist Carrol Cox.

Residents said agencies are meeting this week to discuss the duckbill valve and pipe. Residents are upset because they heard that the meeting is not open to the public.

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