09/19/14 – DLNR To Present Proposed Flood Mitigation Measures From Draft Makaha Valley Flood Study

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Engineering, News Releases

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR
WILLIAM J. AILA JR,
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release September 19, 2014

DLNR TO PRESENT PROPOSED FLOOD MITIGATION MEASURES
FROM  DRAFT MAKAHA VALLEY FLOOD STUDY
Community meeting on Sept. 23 at Waianae  District Park

HONOLULU –The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), along with its consultant, Townscape, Inc., invites Makaha Valley community members to attend and provide feedback at a public meeting next week that will present recommended flood mitigation projects for Makaha Valley. 

“We at the Department of Land and Natural Resources place a high priority on the safety of our neighbors on the Leeward coast of Oahu, and would like to present the flood mitigation measures that we believe will help alleviate ongoing flooding problems,”said William J. Aila, DLNR chairperson. 

The meeting will be held on:

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Waianae District Park, Multi-Purpose Room
85-601 Farrington Hwy.
Refreshments served 6:30 p.m.

DLNR is the state coordinating agency responsible for assisting the coordination of all flood control and flood water conservation and related activities according to Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 179, Section 3.  

DLNR is currently conducting a flood study for Makaha Valley, and next steps for the study will also be discussed. This study was funded by the state Legislature by way of Act 283, SLH 2012 (introduced by Rep. Jo Jordan). 

In the past, runoff from the valley has resulted in major flooding, such as the 1996 debris flow that caused large boulders and debris to hit the Makaha Valley Tower complex, and again in December 2008 when significant flood damage to homes, property and roads resulted from a storm that dropped 12 inches of rain within one day.

This public meeting is the second of three public meetings that will be held.

A public review draft report of the Makaha Valley Flood Mitigation Study is available for the public to review prior to the Sept. 23 community meeting at: http://dlnreng.hawaii.gov/fcds/?p=493

 

Media Contact:

Deborah Ward
Public Information Specialist
(808) 587-0320