UPDATED: DOH warns of Sewage Discharge in Hilo

UPDATE 1:42 PM: The Dept. of Environmental Management reports a sewage spill occurred earlier today along Waianuenue Avenue and entered the Wailuku River in Hilo.

Work crews have cleared the blockage and water quality testing is being conducted. At this time, Hilo Bay and all parks within the break wall area are closed.

Residents and visitors in the affected area are advised to abide by all signs posted along the lower Wailuku River area and Hilo Bay. The signs will remain in effect until Department of Health determines water quality is safe.

The Department of Health’s Clean Water Branch was notified by the County of Hawaii of a sewage discharge at the intersection of Laimana Street and Waianuenue Ave in Hilo, Hawai’i. An estimated 10,000 gallons had been discharged between 08:30AM and 09:00AM due to an overflowing manhole. The discharge is ongoing and crews are responding. Warning signs will be posted at the stream and at Hilo Bay. The public is advised to remain out of these waters until warning signs have been removed.

Traffic Advisory:

Please avoid Laimana Street between Haili Street and Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo due to ongoing roadwork.

Traffic barricades have been erected and expected to remain in place for 2 hours.

Please use Waianuenue Avenue to arrange pickup of students at the Hilo Intermediate and Hilo High Schools.