- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing new structures and diversions to protect the homes and business surrounding Iao Stream, which frequently floods.

The Maui News reports (http://bit.ly/1FICYig ) that three decades of floods have eroded the stream’s channel bed and levees. The proposed modifications would slow flows during storms by diverting water.

A draft environmental assessment from the Office of Environmental Quality Control says the water would be diverted to a naturally existing flood plain and other renovations.

The assessment says the Iao Stream Flood Control Project has prevented about $49.6 million in flood damage as of 2013. But the stream’s flow during storms has caused severe damage to the flood control system itself.

Construction on a 0.4-mile stretch of the stream is expected to take about 21 months.

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Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

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