POSTED at KITV4: 4:37 pm HST January 12, 2009
HONOLULU -- State and county emergency authorities Monday announced plans to make the Waianae Coast safer from flooding.
They said they have two big challenges: getting money and getting permission.
Government authorities said they cannot go in and clean debris out of Leeward Oahu Coast streams until they get permission.
State and city Civil Defense experts surveyed choked streambeds last week to identify four priority stream systems needing immediately clean up. Eku Stream near Lahilahi Park threatens the most homes.
"So we need all the help we can get," Rep. Maile Shimabukuro said.
Shimabukuro said she will introduce a bill to either make the streams public, or provide automatic access for stream inspection and cleanup to prevent the streams from becoming dumping grounds again.
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