Windward Oahu residents frustrated with on-going flooding problems

 

A heavy downpour left Windward Oahu residents stranded Wednesday night. The Waikane Valley Stream spilled over into the road, shutting down Kamehameha Highway.

Residents are frustrated, especially since they’ve been promised a fix. But so far nothing has been done.

The water is now gone on Kamehameha Highway, but there’s a path of damage that destroyed crops at a nearby vegetable farm.

The Kahaluu Neighborhood Board has been pleading with the state for years to design a new bridge.

“I would like this place to be at least improved because I’m losing money,” Waikane farmer Ben Alejo said.

“Not only fix the bridge by bringing it up to code, to standard, but actually recognizing we have a flooding problem and lift that thing up,” Kahaluu Neighborhood Board Chair David Henkin said. “And with rising sea levels, this is a problem that’s not going away, it’s going to get worse.”

The state had previously planned to break ground on a new bridge this year, but the Highway Division says that got pushed back to 2016 pending funding.

The cost is estimated at almost $9 million.

The Waikane bridge is located within a Federal Emergency Management Agency floodway.

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