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Nuuanu Reservoir was not in danger of spilling, city officials say

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CRAIG KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Crews used pumps to lower the water in Nuuanu Reservoir after overnight rainfall filled it to within 18 inches of Dam No. 1’s spillway.

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DENNIS ODA/ DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Acting Mayor Roy K. Amemiya Jr. is joined by Board of Water Supply Manager and Chief Engineer Ernest Y.W. Lau and discusses the current situation with Nuuanu Dam 1 that could have presented a problem of overflowing due to the heavy rains from the departing Tropical Storm Olivia. At the presser is (l-r) Patty Sakal (American Sign Language interpreter), Denise Manuel (engineer with Dam Safety Program), Board of Water Supply Manager and Chief Engineer Ernest Y.W. Lau, Hirokazu Toiya (Deputy Dir. Dept. of Emergency Management) and Acting Mayor Roy K. Amemiya Jr.. This is Ernie Lau explaining that there was no real danger to the public.