The Maui News - Thanks to several years of advocating by community groups, Maui County is moving ahead with $2.5 million worth of improvements for a Ma'alaea road that has suffered extensive flood damage from heavy rain events in recent years.
"We're so pleased that the county moved ahead with this," said Pam Daoust, president of the Ma'alaea Community Association, which led the charge in pressing for the improvements. "We really felt the way the process unfolded was something that represented the community and the county working together."
She called the existing drainage system a serious safety and environmental problem. The improvements are needed because the existing system is inadequate to handle runoff generated by a so-called 100-year storm, according to a final environmental assessment recently completed for the project by the county's Department of Public Works.
It is also needed to prevent future flooding along Hauoli Street and to neighboring properties, as was seen most recently in December 2010 and January 2011, when floodwaters inundated the Island Sands Resort condominium's ground floors and flooded other condos in the area with water and mud.