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Weekend Rain Worries Some In Waimanalo

Joe Correa stands in the new overflow channel at Kailua reservoir Joe Correa stands in the new overflow channel at Kailua reservoir
Chopper 8 view above Waimanalo's Kailua Reservoir Chopper 8 view above Waimanalo's Kailua Reservoir
Rosie Rowe Rosie Rowe

(KHNL) The rainy weather is a concern for water logged Windward resdients on Oahu. 

Especially in Waimanalo, where some residents are keeping an eye on an enormous hole in the Kailua dam.

Chopper 8 gives gives us a birds-eye view of the now-breached Kailua dam.

Joe Correa's about six feet tall. He looks small below the huge dam. Correa adds, "In the last flood we had four million gallons of water fill up this reservoir in 12 minutes. So if the water rushes through 4 million gallons gonna create havoc in low lying areas."

Last month a sinkhole caused by heavy rains forced flood waters to spill over the dam.

Worried about a catastrophic breach, the State Department of Agriculture ordered a man-made breach.

Rosie Rowe who lives next to the dam says, "Now that they've done this breach we are all feeling a little unsure on how it's gonna work."

Agriculture officials say "The emergency work is doing what it is designed to do. Rain water is not collecting in the reservoir and the situation is safer than it was at the height of last month's storms."

"This is scary. When you stand here and look over there it is a little overwhelming for us it's facing directly at our house," says Rosie Rowe.

Agriculture officials say future plans include clearing the stream.

Rowe says "We are in the weather where it is going to rain this weekend we are a little nervous about that yes there is over 800 yards of dirt back there and the people downstream really need to come and take a look at this."

You can bet this will be the hot topic at the Waimanalo neighborhood board meeting Monday.

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