Alert targets stream residents
The city moves to prevent the chaos of another Manoa flood
The city is embarking on an educational campaign aimed at residents living near streams to help keep those waterways cleaned as the two-year anniversary of the Oct. 30 Manoa flood approaches.
"This is a new program that is designed to assist landowners with streams and their maintenance," said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. "We're going to reach out into the community, we're going to let them know on a proactive basis what they can do to help themselves and get the community involved."
The campaign is a pilot project aimed at Manoa residents. The city will be putting ads in local newspapers, conducting a direct mailing and placing brochures at satellite city halls at a cost of $20,000. Information will also be hung on doors of property owners along Manoa Stream.
"The information that's provided on here will explain to the homeowner the first thing they need to know is to determine whether the stream they live next to, they own that stream," said Facility Maintenance Director Laverne Higa, whose department oversees the maintenance of city streams.
"This is a very proactive way that if it should occur, or when it should occur, they wouldn't have to go through this situation of whether it's their stream or the private landowner's stream or the city's stream," the mayor said. "So we're giving them all the helpful tips, and then what are the things they can do now to avert those types of things."