5 shelters on Oahu to open, no emergency declared

5 shelters on Oahu to open, no emergency declared

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's not an all clear, but in most cases the City of Honolulu plans to go about business as usual this weekend. 

With Hurricane Iselle the City made emergency declarations early and shifted business schedules.  Then the storm fell apart.  This time around, the City is not declaring an emergency and will adjust if the storm takes a turn for the worst.

City bus and handivan service will run on normal Saturday and Sunday schedules.  Garbage, green waste and recyclable pick up remains the same.  The landfill and transfer stations will be open barring flooding.

You can keep your tee time as well. Public golf courses and parks will be open, with the exception of Hanauma Bay which will close on Sunday.

"The public should be aware we will be monitoring the conditions on Saturday so if weather patterns change the possibility does exist we may close on Saturday," said Jeanne Ishikawa, Honolulu Parks & Recreation Deputy Director.

"Please use discretion here. If we're having heavy downpours do not go to the park and have your football game or whatever. Stay home," said Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu Mayor.

Just in case, five pet friendly shelters will open Saturday afternoon at 4:00.  They're located around the island at Brigham Young University, Farrington High School, Leilehua High School, Nanakuli High School and Waimanalo Elementary School.

Those should be used as a last resort.  You'll need to bring your own food and bedding.  Pets need to be on a lease or carrier.

You can call the city Hotline at 768-CITY for a pickup or for other non-emergency storm related issues.

"They can call on all kinds of questions. Last time we had a call from a lady wanting to know where her husband was," said Mayor Caldwell.

For Oahu the biggest concerns are flooding and dangerous surf.  If your street floods do not take off the manhole cover to try and drain your street.

"It poses a tremendous problem not only from the sewage disposal and treatment area but also poses a road hazard for people who may not expect a large hole in the street and drive into it inadvertently," said Ross Sasamura, Honolulu Facility Maintenance Director.

Mayor Caldwell wants to avoid hurricane fatigue.  If this storm becomes a nonevent he still wants people to take storms seriously in the future.

"One day we are going to have another hurricane and its going to be devastating and we're going to be grateful we've been prepared all the way along," said Mayor Caldwell.

"I can see people saying ah it didn't happen. That's good news. We hope it doesn't happen. We've dodged a bullet many many times but we've seen with Iniki and Iwa the affects of a devastating hurricane and I would remind people that can occur at any time including right now."

City employees should report to work as scheduled.  Private sector should use their best discretion.

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