Warning signs posted after big sewage spill into Kaneohe Bay

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The public is being told to stay out of Kaneohe Bay after a spill sent 30,000 gallons of sewage into the water.

The spill happened Tuesday off of Nakao Place.

The state Department of Health said the spill happened at 46-130 Kiowai Street. Kaneohe Bay resident Dustin Lau tracked it to the Puu Alii condominium complex and shot cell phone video.

"Sewer overflowing, toilet paper everywhere," he said. "It was just a nasty scene."

Officials said the discharge happened when tree roots blocked a sewage line, sending wastewater into the street and down a storm drain that flows to Kaneohe Bay.

"I seen a whole bunch of water flowing onto the roadway, which goes to the storm drain, and obviously it goes right behind my house," said Lau. That's where the overflow entered the bay.

The spill was stopped about 12:27 p.m., and warning signs have been posted.

The state said in cases like these, property owners would be responsible for cleaning up, as well as for keeping the spill from entering storm drains.

Condominium management said everything has been repaired and cleaned, but a contractor will be back on site Thursday to ensure there's no repeat.

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