Rain, pain to remain - News

Rain, pain to remain - News

There are 30 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 12, 2008, titled Rain, pain to remain - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Isle residents can expect continued heavy rain today thanks to a slow-moving storm that soaked Oahu yesterday, causing widespread flooding, sewage spills, road closures and disruptions to businesses and ...

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Kaneohe, HI

#25 Dec 12, 2008
Hawaiian wrote:
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Bob Mililani probably works for the city and looking for excuses to cover up his incompetence! Yeah, I never see any storm drain maintenance going on, only after it floods and damages someone's home, they react.
The government will most likely conduct some "study" costing taxpayers thousands of dollars, then hire their family or crony friends to do the "contract" work, again paid by us taxpayers.
It's part of the union's plan to insure job "security", they don't want any permanent solutions, they want permanent problems to keep their members employed and collect union dues!
All too true. It would be funny if it wasn't hurting us so bad.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#26 Dec 12, 2008
Our state workers would work for half their salaries as most could never get any other job.
HayninAk

Anchorage, AK

#27 Dec 12, 2008
Hawaiian wrote:
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Bob Mililani probably works for the city and looking for excuses to cover up his incompetence! Yeah, I never see any storm drain maintenance going on, only after it floods and damages someone's home, they react.
The government will most likely conduct some "study" costing taxpayers thousands of dollars, then hire their family or crony friends to do the "contract" work, again paid by us taxpayers.
It's part of the union's plan to insure job "security", they don't want any permanent solutions, they want permanent problems to keep their members employed and collect union dues!
What's truly disgusting is the increasing numbers of people coming down with some very nasty infections from just walking on Oahu's beaches. It has to be related to the all too frequent sewage spills.

Everyone living in Hawaii knows it rains on tropical islands, and sometimes it rains very hard. There is no excuse for a state government that extracts the highest taxes from its citizens, to have failing, inadequate infrastructure which is endangering the lives of its citizenry.
Kahukuan

Las Vegas, NV

#28 Dec 12, 2008
HayninAk wrote:
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What's truly disgusting is the increasing numbers of people coming down with some very nasty infections from just walking on Oahu's beaches. It has to be related to the all too frequent sewage spills.
Everyone living in Hawaii knows it rains on tropical islands, and sometimes it rains very hard. There is no excuse for a state government that extracts the highest taxes from its citizens, to have failing, inadequate infrastructure which is endangering the lives of its citizenry.
For decades the flooding and closing of the main highway at Waikane has occurred and the state have done nothing major but a band-aid job. This is the only main highway for emergency and it has been inadequate and always is a danger to the citizens on the windward side when heavy rains flood that area. The governor, legislature, DOT, engineers, could care less because they don't live or have to drive through that area. Maybe the state will have to have an incident of deaths before they take action and prevent that particular area from flooding. Prevented measures usually occurs after a tragic incident happens, when it's too late.
No Shame

Kaneohe, HI

#29 Dec 12, 2008
How much money is spent to control inland waterways, to prevent flooding and runoff? You would think that the main priority of insurance companies and government would be prevention, and that the buck would end there.
Nonsense ideas

Honolulu, HI

#31 Dec 12, 2008
Those plastic filters covering the street drains are making things worse. Get rid of them.
Leeward Lolo

Elgin, IL

#33 Dec 12, 2008
kapaa wrote:
can you imagine if something really serious hit the islands, typical ill prepared and whiny residents and city and state crews that cruise all year and then put in for overtime for jobs that could have been prevented with a little common sense.
Not all citizens are ill prepared and whiny. I did not even realize there was a problem until I saw on the news that my street was underwater and closed. I keep food for a month and food for my animals, gas in the vehicles, lots of batteries and lights, place on the hill to go if need be, Matson container to store my stuff and a rv in California which will do me absolutely no good until my ex ships it over here. Could live in it forever as it is fully self contained, extra super duper generator.
Plus a scanner which can be battery operated. This saved a panic when there was no power after the earthquake and no tsunami news.

I complain loudly about traffic due to utility repair but appreciated HECO a lot during the 11 inch storm.

BTW, rain, thunder and lightning in Makaha NOW.
Leeward Lolo

Elgin, IL

#34 Dec 12, 2008
I do not know what will happen with the homeless tonight as their area looked bad after the last storm. Driveway to Waianae gym was under water, the homeless shelters are filled with newly arrived foreigners.

The damage in Makaha was due to a huge amount of water running down the streams from the mountains. There is no more surfing beach however some dummies are still going in the water.

Since: Oct 08

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#35 Dec 13, 2008
The windward coast bridges are not an easy task to maintain, not saying that I haven't seen them being cleaned. In some places, there's a bridge every few hundred yards. I appreciate the road crews that I saw, earlier during the storm action, patrolling the highway with the backhoe for fallen trees and debris. This indeed was a FREAK storm, but one thing is for sure: I've seen a lot more preventive maintenance within the past few years than i've seen in my life, at least in and around the communities of which I reside an commute through. So thank you for whoever created this action plan for road crews. Damage could have been further mitigated if backhoes would help streams and rivers break through sand banks, such as the one in Kahana.
Just the Facts

Mililani, HI

#36 Dec 13, 2008
MJG wrote:
How sad to see so many people affected by this storm and the damage to both Oahu and Kauai. All costing you taxpayers big bucks. I'll pray for all of you.
To the nutcase and his comment abot Barak Obamas is so nasty and mean.
Meanwhile here in the Pacific Northwest, we are execting much rain, then snow, then temperatures in the teens and wind to 60 mph making the wind chill to 10 below zero. I'd sure rather be in the rain in Hawaii any day. Oh I hate that cold.
Thanks for your prayers. I pray all of you in the Pacific Northwest are okay. Hang in there and try to stay warm.

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