City and citizen volunteers help North Shore erosion cleanup

City and citizen volunteers help erosion cleanup
Published: Jan. 2, 2014 at 10:04 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 3, 2014 at 1:55 AM HST
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SUNSET BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A city bulldozer did the heavy work, lifting a large tree that was knocked down by the massive erosion that sliced into Sunset Beach.

"We were going to get it out, away from the beach. But the owner did request that he wanted to keep it. So instead we pushed it up to his property," said Peter Hirai, Deputy Director of the city's Department of Emergency Management.

Volunteers from disaster relief organization Team Rubicon went door to door, offering assistance. They helped Kenneth and Krystel Dombrowski dismantle a deck.

"The deck had collapsed and fallen over. He had to get it off of the beach. It was sitting in his backyard. It was a hazard," team leader Michael Davidson said.

The helpers also filled sandbags. The assistance was welcome relief for exhausted homeowners who have been handling the debris removal largely on their own.

"We got troops here. We got a bunch of guys here. They came and busted out a bunch of work for us. We said thank you so much. We needed the help," Krystel Dombrowski said.

The beach erosion from last week's large swells affected about a dozen homes, scattering trees, lumber and other debris along a section of the Rocky Point shoreline.

"We know people love to use the beach so we wanted to get it safe as soon as possible," Hirai said.

He said some debris may still be in the ocean or could be buried in the sand, so beachgoers should remain cautious.

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