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Center says sewage spill was caused by drainpipe blockage

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:20 a.m. HST, Aug 28, 2013

McCully Shopping Center officials said in a statement Tuesday the release of 1,000 to 5,000 gallons of raw sewage into public streets and storm drains was caused by a large amount of paper towels and a spoon lodged in a drainpipe.

The sewage began spilling at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday from the shopping center. The center used a private contractor to clean up the spill.

The source of the spill had been reported as two blocked clean-out pipes, but the center said, “the problem was caused by a large amount of paper towels, etc. and a spoon lodged in the drainpipe.

“The McCully Shopping Center, and its owner and management express their sincerest apologies to its customers, tenants, and public for the incident and the inconvenience which it may have caused,” center officials said.

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st1d wrote:
too bad the center did not clean up the mess in the streets. days later there were signs of toilet papers in gutters along kapiolani fronting the center. talk about not caring about the safety of the people or environment.
on August 28,2013 | 04:12AM
cojef wrote:
Seems like vandal(s) at work, stuffing the items do not appear to be a mistake?? What say you?
on August 28,2013 | 04:40AM
fiveo wrote:
The shopping center owners/management should be fined by the state or feds for polluting and for their failure to respond right away to protect the health of the public. Their apology is nothing but a lot of Bravo-Sierra.
on August 28,2013 | 08:18AM
false wrote:
What? No roto-rooters on hand?
on August 28,2013 | 09:24AM
atilter wrote:
the shopping center bears the full responsibility of ENSURING that items do not block the flow on the site BY INSTALLING A CONSISTENT PROGRAM TO MECHANICALLY FILTER the flow to guarantee its professed commitment to the surrounding community!!! this should be monitored by the state's Department of Health at no additional cost to the taxpayers!!! it should be included within its management policies and guidelines.
on August 28,2013 | 04:44PM
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