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Cleanups cleared Waianae streams in flood prevention effort

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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."

 

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