Caldwell prepares Honolulu for more weather impacts
Due to heavy rains continuing to fall over the weekend, Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined members of the Department of Emergency Management, Honolulu Police Department, Honolulu Fire Department, along with non-governmental partners, to coordinate additional preparedness for the island of Oahu.
“We urge everyone to pay attention to public messaging including signing up for HNLinfo alerts,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “In an abundance of caution we are bringing together our public safety officials to discuss the effects of this weekend’s weather, including possible safety precautions. Please continue to monitor local media, in addition to updates from the national weather service.”
Link to sign up for HNL.info, the City and County of Honolulu’s messaging service for information about weather, traffic and more alerts here: https://hnl.info/
Recent rains have left the ground saturated and have created conditions where flooding and other related impacts, such as landslides, are possible.
“With the possibility for additional heavy rain, we are ensuring that we have a well-coordinated plan in place,” said Hiro Toiya, Director of the Department of Emergency Management. “We will be monitoring the situation very closely and respond as needed.”
The City is monitoring water levels at dams and streams to ensure readiness if any reach flood stage. While none are currently at flood stage, the water has been elevated in some areas such as Wahiawa Reservoir which discharges into the Kaukonahua Stream.
Residents in flood prone areas should make sure they are prepared in the event conditions worsen. Because of this ongoing and unpredictable weather event, we are asking residents on O‘ahu and in particular those downstream of the Lake Wilson area in Waialua to execute caution and stay tuned to local media as well as HNLinfo for the most up to date information.