The city believes flooding that swamped roads and inundated businesses in Mapunapuna Tuesday morning was the result of clogged storm drains and not a failure of its new $600,000 flood control system. A crew will attempt to remove the blockage this morning. In the meantime people in the affected area of can expect another flood today. The high tide will peak at about 6:35 a.m.
We should see a break from the rain today. The flash flood watch has been lifted for Oahu, Maui, Molokai and the Big island. The winter weather advisory has also been canceled. Dan will have the latest on Sunrise.
Kailua is seeing preps for the first family's visit. Michelle Obama and her two daughters will arrive in 3 days. The President may or may not spend Christmas in Hawaii depending on what happens with a payroll tax cut extension. Kailua residents report that they're starting to hear from the Secret Service and Coast Guard.
Speaker John Boehner says it's "disappointing" that President Obama is threatening to veto a House bill that would extend the payroll tax cut that's about to expire. The House passed legislation extending the payroll tax cut, but has tied the cut to speedy approval of a controversial Canadian oil pipeline. The White House opposes the provision of the GOP bill that links the payroll cuts to the pipeline.
Japan is poised to declare its crippled nuclear plant virtually stable nine months after a devastating tsunami. An announcement is expected Friday. Experts caution it will be, at best, a tenuous stability. The facility still leaks some radiation, remains vulnerable to earthquakes and shows no prospect for cleanup for decades.
The body of a 59-year-old man was found yesterday in the water at Honolulu Harbor. Police said the death did not appear to be suspicious in nature. The body was found floating in the water about 1:15 p.m.
Also ahead this morning on Sunrise, we get a live look at decorations inside Washington Place, find out about a unique Christmas tree lot that supports a drug treatment program, and it's time to "Ask Howard." Post your questions for our resident explainer on our facebook page.
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