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Aging water main breaks at War Memorial Gym

June 21, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Honolulu Star Advertiser - Water from a ruptured water main flooded offices and hallways in Maui's War Memorial Gymnasium on the night of Thursday, June 14, causing at least $200,000 in damage, officials said.

The water did not flood the gymnasium itself and the gym's basketball court was untouched.

Water service was temporarily cut off for the entire War Memorial Sports Complex, including the gym, the football stadium and the soccer and Little League fields. About 18 county employees who work in the gym offices had to be relocated. Water was restored to the complex the next day. County work crews said the water main broke after a vehicle hit a fire hydrant in the Maui Lani subdivision earlier in the day. The accident ruptured a regulator, which sent high-pressure water through the system and overwhelmed the aging pipes beneath the gym sometime before 11:30 p.m.

County workers said there was enough water to fill an Olympic-sized pool. A preliminary estimate of damage is about $200,000, but does not take into account water-damaged equipment. Earlier this year, Mayor Alan Arakawa asked the County Council for money to design a new gymnasium/civic center because of rising maintenance costs of the 50-year-old War Memorial facility.



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