WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - An alert system is being developed to give West Maui residents a heads up when large wave and flooding events are possible.
The Maui News reports the University of Hawaii ocean observation program will use a $500,000 federal grant to start developing the system in October. Development will take three years.
The system will also be able to help communities and government entities when developing properties along the shoreline. A news release states it will be able to provide data to plan for flooding scenarios based on rising sea levels and increasing wave energy.
The project comes on the heels of recent king tides events, where peak high tides have coincided with unusually high sea levels.