TRAFFIC ALERT: Watermain break floods Kapiolani at McCully, road - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Watermain break floods Kapiolani Blvd. at McCully St.

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Source: Jennifer Endo Source: Jennifer Endo
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

After nearly three hours, Board of Water Supply crews were able to shut off the water from the major water main that broke at the intersection of McCully Street and Kapiolani Boulevard near McCully Shopping Center.

[UPDATE 12:30 p.m.]

Board of Water Supply (BWS) crews have completed repairs to the broken 16-inch water main on McCully Street near Kapiolani Boulevard.  Water service was restored to customers at noon.

BWS crews will be backfilling the trench and will to be working with a paving contractor to conduct road repairs.  The right westbound lane on Kapiolani Boulevard between Pumehana and Wiliwili Streets, as well as all lanes on McCully Street between Lime Street and Kapiolani Boulevard remain closed.  Road repair is expected to continue into the evening.

[UPDATE 7:05 a.m.] Two customers, a business and a condominium, are without water this morning, and roads near the intersection of Kapiolani and McCully are still closed while crews from the Honolulu Board of Water Supply continue to repair a broken 16 inch water main.

A water wagon is on site near 620 McCully Street to provide water to the affected customers. 

According to BWS, "the right westbound lane on Kapiolani Boulevard between Pumehana and Wiliwili Streets, as well as all lanes on McCully Street between Lime Street and Kapiolani Boulevard remain closed."

ORIGINAL STORY: The Board of Water Supply says there are a number of criss-crossing mains in that area, which is why it took them nearly three hours to isolate the break and shut off the water.

The main break was reported at 5:15 p.m.

According to Honolulu Police, Kapiolani Blvd, east and westbound lanes are closed between Pumehana St. and Wiliwili St.  McCully St., north and southbound lanes are closed between Lime St. and Ala Wai Blvd. 

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and take alternate travel routes.

Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant is the only business in McCully Shopping Center that has no water due to the main break. The rest all have low water pressure.

Casey Kwock, the manager of the restaurant, says he lost 150 reservations, which he estimates at $6,000.

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