Erosion threatens ten homes on North ShoreUPDATED 10:16 AM HST Oct 20, 2013Video Transcript
30 until 7 tonight. Meanwhile it's DIRE STRAIGHTS for about 10 homeowners on Oahu's North Shore. Severe erosion has been steadily chipping away at beach front property. But just yesterday the city and state gave the go ahead for emergency measures. KITV4s Andrew Pereira has continuing coverage in this battle against Mother Nature. ANDREW PEREIRA: "THE SITUATION ON OAHU'S NORTH SHORE BETWEEN ROCKY POINT AND SUNSET BEACH HAS GONE FROM BAD TO WORSE. PROPERTY OWNERS ARE NOT JUST LOSING THEIR YARDS, BUT ACTUAL HOMES ARE NOW BEING THREATENED." Beach front has become money pit for professional surfer Fred Patacchia Jr. After losing half of a filled-in pool earlier this week, the erosion hasn't stopped. Fred senior has been dealing with the crisis as his son competes in Portugal. FRED PATACCHIA SR.: "WE'RE AT ABOUT $600 AN HOUR RIGHT NOW." Although a view like this usually means big money, many of the property owners whose homes are threatened have limited means. FRED PATACCHIA SR.: "MOST OF US WERE IN THE 70S AND 80S, THOUGH MY SON WAS LATER. BUT, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT BASICALLY BOUGHT IN THE 70S AND 80S WHEN THESE LOTS WERE RELATIVELY AT A VERY AFFORDABLE PRICE." It's been about that long since anyone has seen erosion like this. The Yee family has been here since the early 70s. In normal years the buffer between yard and beach was about 25 feet... now it's just 2 or 3. The city and state took note of the razor thin margin, allowing heavy machinery to get to work. FRED PATACCHIA SR.: "WE REQUESTED TO TAKE SAND OUT OF THE PAUMALU STREAM THAT HAS BEEN DEPOSITED THERE FOR YEARS AND VERY RARELY GETS WASHED BACK INTO THE ESTUARY OF SAND THAT WE BELIEVE BELONGS TO EVERYBODY." The Patacchias and another homeowner are creating a makeshift road, so more sand can be pushed farther down. Patacchia is also placing large sand bags in front of his son's home, while another homeowner works to reinforce a seawall. Now the North Surf season has arrived, and the first long-period swell hits Sunday... possibly up to 18 foot faces with a full moon to boot. The direction of the swell is predicted at 310 degrees... nearly straight into the erosion area. FRED PATACCHIA SR.: "IT'S COMING, THEY ALWAYS COME, AND YOU KNOW, YOU CAN'T STOP 'EM." ANDREW PEREIRA: "FOR NOW A MORE PERMANENT SOLUTION WILL HAVE TO WAIT. RESIDENTS HERE ARE WALKING A TIGHT ROPE OF HIGH ANXIETY AS THE FIRST LONG-PERIOD SWELL OF THE SEASON APPROACHES. REPORTING FROM OAHU'S NORTH SHORE, ANDREW PEREIRA KITV4 NEWS."