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Building owner: Clogged culvert contributed to flooding

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    The parking lot at Chang’s Building in Old Koloa Town was under water the day of the historic flooding in April. Laura Chang Nagao said if it had rained any longer, the water would have reached their building. She said one of the reasons the flooding was so bad on the street is because of a clogged culvert. Even on normal rainy days she said there is overflow from the culvert.

  • Bethany Freudenthal / The Garden Island

    Laura Chang Nagao said she believes clogged culverts near Weliweli Road in Koloa caused some of the flooding in Old Koloa Town. On the day of the flood, her daughter Christyl Nagao spent about three hours trying to clear mud, gunk and debris from the drain.

  • Bethany Freudenthal / The Garden Island

    Despite living in Wailua Houselots, Jade Hirano, who works at Discount Variety located in Chang’s Building in Koloa, said she still went to work the day of the flood. She believes the clogged culvert is one of the reasons flooding in the parking lot was so bad.

  • Bethany Freudenthal / The Garden Island

    Chandra Beechly owns Under the Sea Gallery located in Chang’s Building in Koloa, had to close up shop the day of the flood in April. Since then, she says her business has had difficulty catching up on their losses.

KOLOA — A Koloa business owner is concerned that clogged culverts near Weliweli Road caused some of the flooding in the area, and has been trying to get the County of Kauai to remedy the problem.

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