WAI‘ANAE – Ahead of the winter season, a townhall meeting will be held to discuss solutions to flooding issues that have been plaguing parts of the Waianae Coast for decades. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the Maili Elementary School Cafeteria from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The areas impacted by the flooding include: Lualualei Valley, Farrington Highway, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, and Makaha.
“When heavy downpour is expected, some homeowners have tried to put sandbags on their property to fend off the flooding,” said Senator Maile Shimabukuro, who organized the meeting at the request of State Civil Defense Director Darryll Wong. Shimabukuro represents Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha, Makua, Kaena Point. “Others have given up in despair,” she said.
“During last year’s flood, my neighbors watched helplessly as all of their piglets drowned. Another neighbor lost her entire green onion crop and many of us were trapped in our homes for days because flood waters filled the big dip in Paakea Road,” said Sophie Flores, Lualualei Valley resident. ”This has been happening for decades, and something needs to get done as soon as possible to stop this catastrophic flooding,” Flores urged.
“Following last year’s heavy flooding, we allocated a total of $11m for flood mitigation on the Waianae Coast during this year’s session,” said Sen. Shimabukuro.
The meeting will cover the 2011 budget allocations for flood mitigation ($2m for Lualualei Flats/Puhawai Stream, $8m for Farrington Highway between Maili and Nanakuli, and $1m for Lahilahi Street in Makaha) and provide the community with a chance to express concerns to city, state and federal officials.
“In 2009, the Legislature passed Act 76 which authorized Civil Defense to clear private streambeds and properties at the owner’s expense if the owner fails to do so after receiving notice. We also allocated $3.5m for the Department of Transportation to address flooding issues along Farrington Highway in Makaha. This was a step in the right direction. At this meeting, we will inform the community about what the Legislature did this past session to help address flooding, and what people can do to help themselves,” Shimabukuro added.
- Hawaii State Civil Defense
- State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)
- City & County of Honolulu
- State Department of Transportation
- US Navy
- US Army Corps of Engineers
- The Office of Senator Dan Inouye
- Hawaii State Legislature
6:30-6:35pm Welcome & Introductions
6:35-6:50pm Overview of Lualualei Flooding Problem & Suspected Causes by Civil Defense
6:50-7:00pm Overview of Farrington Hwy Flooding Problem & Suspected Causes by Dept of Transportation
7:00-7:30pm Proposed Flood Mitigation Solutions Using $11m in 2011 State Budget Panelists: US Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Defense, DOT, DLNR, US Navy, City & County of Honolulu, Sen. Inouye’s Office, HI State Legislature, etc
7:30-9:00pm Q&A from audience
Posted by Hawaii Senate Majority Caucus