Thursday, January 12, 2012

Governor releases $2 million for Waianae drainage infrastructure

$2 million released for Waianae Coast to alleviate flooding
Next Puuhulu Stream Clean Up scheduled for January 16th – Volunteers needed

Honolulu, Hawaii.  Governor Abercrombie has released $2 million in general obligation bond funds for the planning, design and construction of a flood alleviation project for the Waianae Coast.   The project includes drainage improvements along Puhawai Road in Waianae and involves an intergovernmental working agreement between the State Department of Land and Natural Resources and the City and County of Honolulu.

"Flooding in Waianae has become a serious issue for the area residents," said Rep. Jo Jordan, who included the project in her capital improvement project request.  The funding was included and passed by the legislature in Act 164, during the 2011 legislative session.  "Our community has worked very hard to keep our streams clear and to do as much as possible to avoid flooding and disaster, but we really need improvements to our drainage structures.  We greatly appreciate the legislature's approval and the Governor's release of funds for the health and safety of our residents."

The area called Lualualei Flats is prone to flooding, primarily due to poor drainage infrastructure, lack of stream maintenance, illegal dumping in streams and ditches, illegal grading, and filling in of streams or diversion of surface runoff.  Improvements will be made to the culverts and other related work.

Puuhulu Stream Cleanup

Rep. Jo Jordan will hold the next Puuhulu Stream clean up on Monday, January 16, 2012, Martin Luther King Day.  Volunteers are needed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 noon, and should wear covered shoes with thick soles, long pants, sun protection and water.  For more information, please call the Office of Rep. Jo Jordan at 586-8460.

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