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Board of Water supply crews trying to fix Waikiki hydrant valve

Ed Mehmel Ed Mehmel
Ala Wai Boulevard at Niu Street Ala Wai Boulevard at Niu Street
Board of Water Supply Crew Board of Water Supply Crew
Robert Rodman Robert Rodman

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - 

Bubbling like a witch's brew earlier today on Ala Wai Boulevard at Niu Street, a ruptured water line put Waikiki under a spell.  The break was reported at about 1:00 Friday afternoon.

Ed Mehmel relates, "In oder to get into Waikiki, it took me two hours …with this traffic.  I sat in traffic for two hours in order to get to my house."

For a while, all lanes of Ala Wai Boulevard were closed so the Board of Water Supply could get in and make repairs.  Then one lane was opened…but traffic moved so slowly, it was faster to skateboard than to drive. 

"Well, I got off the bus", Robert Rodman shared, "and went and got a cup of coffee simply because we were just sitting there".

Once the Board of Water Supply repair crew dug deep enough to get a look at the source of the spill, it found it wasn't a ruptured 16-inch main as had been thought.   Instead a six-inch hydrant valve had broken. 

Three high rises are still without water tonight but two water wagons have been brought in as back-up.  Service should be restored sometime around midnight. 

After some time, traffic finally got to moving fairly well on the flooded street.  Two lanes are now open and, if there's a back-up in traffic, it isn't bad. 

The repair crew expects to finish its work and be off the road sometime tomorrow morning.

Again, we know those of you in the affected high rises still don't have water service but we're told it should be back in the next few hours.

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