Iselle storm debris may be polluting Kapoho tide poolsUPDATED 7:15 PM HST Aug 19, 2014Video Transcript
We've seen the wreckage and debris Tropical Storm Iselle left behind. And now there's concern debris from the storms may have polluted some of the natural tide pools and ponds in Kapoho. KITV4's Cam Tran reports on the new worries on the Big Island. 20-25 36-41 The Kapoho tide pools are known for water so clean and so clear, you can bathe in it - But after Tropical Storm Iselle's powerful storm surge that inundated roads , knocked homes off their foundation and left a path of destruction across Kapoho, residents are concerned about what's in the pools now. MARZ HOLMAN, KAHEKA VACATIONLAND PUNA CLEAN UP 10:20:18 WE'RE REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THE TIDE And that's what the county is trying to find out as well. Hawaii County will be partnering with UH Hilo and the state Department of Health to test the water this week. POOLS, IT'S A MARINE PRESERVE IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE WHO KNOWS HOW POLLUTED IT IS 20:26 DARRYL OLIVEIRA, HAWAII CO. CIVIL DEFENSE 1:37 GOING FORWARD,ITS LOOKING AT MIGHT BE BIOLOGICAL MATTER THAT'S IN THE WATER AS FOR ANY BREACH OF ANY CESSPOOLS AND CEPTIC SYSTEM. The tests will also check to see if any of the damaged homes and debris in the now murky ponds are contaminating the water which could in turn hurt the eco system and bio life in the area . DARRYL OLIVEIRA, HAWAII CO. CIVIL DEFENSE 01:45 IT'S LOOKING AT WHAT KIND OF CHEMICALS MAY BE PRESENT AS WELL AS ANY HOUSEHOLD DEBRIS OR LEAK OF ANY CONTAINERS OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND FIGURING OUT WHETHER THERE'S ANY AFFLUENT WATER COMING OUT OF THE PONDS THAT DO HAVE A LOT OF DEBRIS AND SEEING IF THAT IS SEEPING IN THE OCEAN AND COASTAL AREAS 2:02 So until health officials know what's in the water: it's another speed bump for residents anxious to clean up and recover from iselle's aftermath. DARRYL OLIVEIRA, HAWAII CO. CIVIL DEFENSE 15:41 WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE'S ANY CONCERN WITH THE CLEAN UP WE PROVIDE THEM WITH INFORMATION ON WHAT CONSULTING WITH THE CLEAN UP WHETHER IT BE ANY RESIDENTS OR ANY VOLUTNEERS DOWN THERE 02:22 Cam Tran, KITV 4 News. The Department of Health says the only tested the tide pools in the marine conservation areasthose came back normal for bacteria contamination The county hopes to start testing the waters this week.