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Flooding damages Waimea Valley Park

  • COURTESY WAIMEA VALLEY PARK

    Mud covered the floor of the special events pavilion at Waimea Valley Park after a massive flood

  • COURTESY WAIMEA VALLEY PARK

    Debris from trees blocked the entrance to Waimea Valley Park after a massive flood

Waimea Valley Park suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damage to equipment as a result of major flooding from the recent storm, according to its executive director, Richard Pezzulo.

Among the equipment lost was a $30,000 tractor that floodwaters swept about 300 yards from the facility workshop into a stream, Pezzulo said.

Workers also were faced with a major cleanup of facilities today, including piles of debris at the front entrance of the park and mud and water that flooded the special event pavilion. Pezzulo said the stream, which usually measures a foot in height, rose 12 feet in an hour and a half on Tuesday night.

“It was pretty intense,” he said. “The stream couldn’t deal with the volume of water.”

The park was closed for repairs and planned to reopen on Sunday.

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