DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
Public To Heed Weather Warnings
HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is reminding the public to stay safe during periods of heavy rain and flash flood watch or warnings.
"We advise people to stay off Hawaii's trails and avoid crossing
streams during the stormy conditions due to dangers from flash flood,"
said Peter Young, DLNR Chairperson.
"Please postpone plans for hiking, camping or even sightseeing
during these times of heavy and continuous rains. With the Kuhio Day
holiday, it is a good day to say at home, rather than attempt to venture
out into the weather."
Swimming in rivers and near shore water that is muddy or murky can
be dangerous due to potential bacterial contamination, or unseen bulky
or dangerous objects that may have washed into the ocean.
DLNR also reminds residents not to throw their yard trimmings, cut tree branches, or other rubbish or bulky items into their nearby drainage channels or streams.
"Treating our streams and drainage ways as dumps for rains to wash away trash or even natural green waste, contributes to stream clogging and potential flooding during rainstorms," said Young.
"Everyone needs to do their part to keep our urban streams and channels clear of debris."
"What comes out of the watersheds and upland neighborhoods will wind up at the beaches, harbors and in the ocean," Young added.