Surprise! King Tides bring fish to town streets
If you've ever driven in Mapunapuna, you know flooding is a chronic problem at Ahua Steet. But if take a closer look, you’ll see fish!
HONOLULU - If you've ever driven in Mapunapuna, you know flooding is a chronic problem at Ahua Steet. But if take a closer look, you’ll see fish!
We spotted what looked like close to a hundred of them all along the curb.
But chances are a lot are ending up as road kill as cars and trucks come barreling through.
Some of that marine life has ended up in the loading dock of a nearby business an aquarium as sorts.
“When this street fills up it’s like a pool and the big rigs drive through the middle and sends big waves into my driveway and all the fish gets trapped. Fish and crabs? Yep, fish and crab!” said Joshua Sazer of Medallion Carpets.
In advance of the King Tides, the company has put its merchandise up on pallets because it's ware house has been flooded out before.
Sazar worries about the motorists who don't realize the water they are driving through is ocean water which can be corrosive.
“That's salt water, yeah. So that ruins the undercarriage and the brakes. So People don’t know that, yeah. So, they plow through here and the underside is all rusted out,” said Sazer.
Sazer said the flooding eased after the city installed special back flow valves several years ago, but lately the water has been filling up fast.
The city dispatched crews to the area Thursday to inspect the condition of the valves and hopes to have a report back Friday.
Across town many residents have been watching the waters at the Ala Wai a bit nervously.
Yesterday, canoe clubs paddled as the rising waters began cresting at the canal walls.
The city said it will step up if need be if the waters get onto the city streets but it's biggest concern is the surf surge and the impact on parks on the South Shore.
"At Ala Moana they have put out over 500 sand bags there is a wall on the Makai side and they are blocking where people walk through so we don’t have sea water killing our grass and trees and other things," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
The King tides are a slow moving flood event, but coupled with a surf surge and no one's really sure what kind of damage to expect.
"At the end of April, the Honolulu tide gauge recorded its highest level outside of a tsunami event and that was ten inches higher than what was predicted," said Matt Gonser, who is with the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant College.
"What we are seeing with the water level with King Tides is a preview and a glimpse of where that future level will be permanently and so as we look around and prepare for that how we design and improve our infrastructure and make it permanent more safe and secure on this island," said Josh Stanbro, who is the director of the new city office of Climate Change.
After this weekend, we'll know more about the damage done and hopefully what to do going forward.