Water main break leaves Portlock homes without water

Portlock resident Jim Gagne
Portlock resident Jim Gagne

HAWAII KAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than a hundred homes in the Portlock area of Hawaii Kai were without water Sunday after a water main break.

The Board of Water Supply said the break happened at about 11 a.m. on Poipu Drive. Initially, more than 140 homes were without water. By Sunday evening, some 18 customers were without water while 126 customers were experiencing low water pressure, the Board said. A water wagon was stationed at 320 Poipu Drive for residents.

"The water was gushing straight up," said Portlock resident Jim Gagne. "I thought it was a manhole cover that popped and the water was coming out, and it was actually the road. The water was coming straight out of the concrete and it started to buckle."

Gagne also said the water went past his home, but did go into his neighbor's house.

Poipu Drive remains closed in both directions between Makaweli and Kekaha Place. Repair work was expected to continue through Sunday night. The Board said the 12-inch main was installed in 1966.

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