Storm Damage Reports Being Taken; Water, Wastewater and Parks Updates

(Maui County News Press Release)

WAILUKU, Maui (KHNL) -- The Maui County Civil Defense Agency announced Tuesday as part of a preliminary damage assessment, the public may report any storm-related damage by completing an online form available at the Maui County Web site or by calling 270-7620 or 270-7285. The information is NOT considered a claim of any kind; the reports gathered will help determine whether the County has sustained enough storm-related losses to apply for various forms of federal assistance. Photos are not required at this time; however, if the County is approved for assistance, claimants may use photos as supporting documentation.

Four teams will be on-island tomorrow to make damage evaluations. Two Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams, including federal, state and County personnel, will be evaluating public facilities to determine eligibility for assistance with post-storm recovery measures. Two other teams, including personnel from State and County Civil Defense Agencies, will be making home visits to validate damage reports filed thus far with the County. Staff making home visits will identify themselves with either a State or County ID badge. Following the assessments, a determination will be made regarding the County's eligibility to apply for federal assistance.

Upcountry Water Update:

According to Water Supply Director Jeff Eng, all residents in the Kula area have had water service restored; crews are continuing to work on making repairs in the Ulupalakua and Kanaio areas. "It really takes a couple of days until the system is stabilized," Eng said. "Until the water tanks refill, and during times of high demand, customers may experience low water pressure." Residents are urged to continue boiling water before consumption; an advisory will be issued when water quality has been confirmed. Water problems may be reported to the department's 24-hour service line, 270-7633.

Wastewater Update:

Kahului Overflow - Was short-lived during the intense rain when flow far exceeded plant capacity at the screening process at the plant headworks.   Plant staff reacted quickly and the 1,500-gallon overflow was confined to the roadway at the plant and was cleaned up and disinfected.

Lahaina Overflow - The 500,000-gallon overflow near the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility on Wednesday, Dec. 5th  was caused by the intense rains, which caused flows to exceed the normal plant capacity by a factor of three. The overflow was contained by a berm in the gated access area known as the "North Beach parking area" until the continuing rain caused additional  surface runoff to enter the basin and several breaches in the berm occurred thus allowing it to flow to the ocean.  Storm conditions prevented sign posting on Wednesday.  Signs were posted on Thursday warning beach goers.  The signs are still in place and the Wastewater Reclamation Division (WWRD) took more samples yesterday to test for fecal coliform. The samples are being processed and the Department of Health (DOH) will be notified of the results.  DOH will determine when the signs can be removed.

Napili Overflow - The air relief valve at Napili Pump Station No. 2 (S-Turns) was repaired on Wednesday, Dec. 5th, with no further overflows.  Signs were posted on Thursday to warn beach goers.  The signs are still in place and WWRD took more samples yesterday.  The samples are being processed and the Department of Health will be notified of the results.  DOH will determine when the signs can be removed.

Park Updates:

- Kalama Park: A crane was brought in today to remove a large kiawe tree. The crane service was also contracted by the owner of a boat that had washed up at Kalama Park to haul the boat off the seawall. The boat owner is removing the boat from park premises today.

- Skatepark is closed until further notice.

- Kamaole Beach Park I: Tree removal began yesterday; expected to be completed by end of day Wednesday. All damaged trees must be removed before the park can be reopened safely.

- Kamaole Beach Park II: A crane was used today to removed the life guard tower from the beach. The tower is now located in the park, and is good condition except for the foundation. All damaged trees must be removed, and access stairs fixed, before the park can reopen safely. Irrigation lines also need repair.

- Kamaole Point: All damaged trees must be removed before the park can reopen.

- Kalepolepo and Waipuilani Parks remain extremely saturated with some remaining debris, and are still closed.

The South Parks District crew, ocean safety officers and park rangers have been working together to address the necessary park closures, and are trying to reopen parks as soon as they are safe for the community to utilize.

Parks & Facilities reopened:

South Maui District:  Kalama Park has re-opened East Maui District: Keokea Community Center & Park have re-opened Molokai District: Duke Maliu Regional Park-- softball field is open for use; Kaunakakai Multi-Purpose Complex--  both the multi-purpose fields and the softball fields are available for use.