The community’s recent cleanups of trash, hundreds of tires and overgrowth from streambeds on the Waianae Coast improved stream flow during the recent storms in March, a state official said.
"There was very little ponding, and it looked like the stream flowed well," said Steve Sigler, emergency operations planner at the state Civil Defense, during a town hall meeting Wednesday at Waianae District Park.
More than 50 people attended the presentation by officials from federal, state and city governments about efforts to reduce flooding in Waianae.
Sigler credited the community for continuing the efforts started by government agencies working together.
"This is what the community prevented over this past winter," he said, showing a photo of a previously flooded street in Waianae. "Good job."