DOH: Haz Mat Incident Forces Shoreline Closures in the Hilo area

The Hawaii State Department of Health has reported a hazardous materials incident in Hilo.

As a result of the incident DOH has strongly advised the public to stay out of the waters between the mouth of Wailuku River and the shoreline before Mo’oheau Beach Park.

DOH’s Clean Water Branch was notified of the wastewater discharge from a broken pipe near the corner of Waianuenue Avenue and Kinoole Street. The discharge volume is unknown at this time, but it is estimated to have been at 1 gallon/hour.

Officials say repairs are underway, warning signs have been posted and samples will be taken.

The public should remain out of these waters until the signs have been removed.