State Crews Check Out Problems After Viewer Talked Story

Alan Strohmeyer
Alan Strohmeyer

(KHNL) - An immediate response. That's what a Mililani man got after talking story with us about a leaky ditch soaking his yard and threatening his home.

We brought you this story friday, and state crews were in Mililani the next day.

Alan Strohmeyer was shocked to see state crews knocking on his door on saturday, and again Tuesday. It'll be a while before the problem is fixed, but Strohmeyer says he's happy something is being done.

Dry days are on the horizon.

State crews are now looking into what's saturating yards in Strohmeyer's neighborhood.

They went to his house after seeing our first talk story.

"We were very surprised," said Strohmeyer. He says crews from the state Department of Agriculture's water systems branch were very helpful and informative.

Water keeps his yard muddy, and is eating away a retaining wall. Strohmeyer believes it's because of cracks in the Waiahole ditch. State managers believe water may be seeping from the ditch into old drainage systems used for former pineapple fields.

"They have sealed them off, but they said those seals have deteriorated, and now it's charging those lines again," said Strohmeyer.

Managers say they'll follow up in a few weeks. If the ground is still soggy, they'll do more tests.

"We didn't know how we were gonna be able to fight the system," said Strohmeyer. "We kinda figured that would be a losing battle, but with your help we've at least able to bring it to the forefront."

Crews say since it a state function, results won't happen overnight. Strohmeyer says he's fine with that.

"If it takes them six months or a year to get them fixed, it's better than standing water for the next ten years," said Strohmeyer.

Strohmeyer has lived in his house for 4-years and figured out the water problem was serious about a month ago. He made calls to other agencies, but this is the first time something is being done.