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Vandalism at Kauai power utility called 'deliberate sabotage'

(Image: KIUC) (Image: KIUC)
(Image: KIUC) (Image: KIUC)
WAILUA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Police are looking for suspects in an act of vandalism that's being called a "deliberate sabotage of Kauai's electrical infrastructure."

The vandalism was discovered Tuesday at Kauai Island Utility Cooperative's water diversion site on the Wailua River.

Police said the suspects used concrete cutting equipment to destroy part of a concrete diversion, interrupting water flow to a ditch that feeds two of the cooperative's hydro-generators.

Concrete debris was allowed to fall into the stream and exposed rebar and metal cables were left by the perpetrators, creating a safety hazard at a recreation site used by the public.

“This incident was a deliberate sabotage of Kaua‘i’s electrical infrastructure,” KIUC’s CEO David Bissell said, in a news release. “We are working with KPD, the FBI and the community to identify and arrest the perpetrators.”

KIUC holds a state permit that allows the utility to divert water to generate hydroelectric power.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call Kauai police dispatch at 241-1711.

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