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Reservoir plan revealed in fight against North Shore floods

Jake Ng Jake Ng
Howard Green Howard Green
Arthur Otake Arthur Otake

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HALEIWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tired of the loss and damage over the years, residents on Oahu's north shore learned about some potential solutions from a special meeting in Haleiwa on Wednesday night.

At the Haleiwa Shingon Mission, flood victims listened to a panel of experts give ideas on how to keep floodwaters from destroying their neighborhoods once and for all.

"It's just a perennial problem, not only for us, but Otake camp, the Long Bridge area, it's always flooded, always inundated," said Jake Ng, a Waialua resident who is also the Chair of the special committee the North Shore Neighborhood Board created to find ways to prevent repeat flooding.

Residents are weary of the destruction over the years.

The most recent happened in December of 2008.

A home on Haleiwa Road, near the Paukauila Stream was just one of many severely damaged homes, in Haleiwa and Waialua.

But there is some hope.

At the meeting, the owner of the land at the Wahiawa Reservoir, Dole Foods, announced a plan to fix three broken flood gates.

The price is at least $1 million, which Dole has agreed to pay.

The contract is expected to be signed within a week with work to begin in July.

"If the repair work goes well, and it's mostly repairs, then it might be finished by November 1st. That's an important date because that's the beginning of the rainy season for us," said Howard Green, who is a part reservoir land owner.

The special committee is also exploring building several small dams on the mauka side of Haleiwa.

But that needs more study, and some residents are running out of patience.

"So far, a lot of studies, no action unfortunately," said Arthur Otake, a Waialua resident.

Money is an issue. Ng says they need funds to conduct studies, and are hoping a private entity steps up the way Dole Foods has.

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