Quite a mess at Lydgate

WAILUA — Lydgate Park is a popular family destination, especially on long weekends.

On Sunday, the debris clogging the Morgan’s Ponds swimming pond and adjacent keiki pond kept people on land.

“The bad news — there is a lot of filthy water way south of the beach and reaching far out into the ocean,” wrote Chris Queen, a volunteer with the Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park.

But there is good news.

“We’ve seen worse,” she said.

Queen said when she left the beach Saturday she believed it would take some time for the ocean to clear out “that much yuck, and then, for the ponds to flush.” She also said the lifeguards did not think the water had been tested.

The debris accumulation resulted from the storm which poured heavy rainfall Thursday night resulting in one of the Smith’s Boat barges to become lodged on one of its piers in the Wailua Marina, and creating a logjam of debris in other areas of the marina on the eve of the long weekend.

Tommy Noyes, general coordinator for The Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park, said he will check with the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation before formulating a plan for cleanup of the popular swimming areas.

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