Many of the streams along the Wai'anae Coast are privately owned, making it that much more difficult for the city and state to properly monitor and clear debris on a regular basis. In an effort to prevent another flood disaster that occurred in December, Representative Maile Shimabukuro is considering legislation this session to make streams and waterways part of the public trust. After several days of torrential rain, many homes on the West side were severely damaged once streamways became clogged, turning roads and residential areas into temporary rivers. The Hawaii Civil Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and district lawmakers visited the problem streams this afternoon and discussed Wai'anae Coast flood relief plans. Work will begin on Eku Stream tomorrow. The stream is one of five problem areas that must be cleared before the next storm. Total cost is estimated at $44,500.
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