Overflow leads to closure of roadway
An overflow of more than 21,500 gallons of sewage from manhole covers closed a portion of South Kihei Road between Welakahao Road and Kahele Street on Monday, according to the county Department of Environmental Management.
Clogged pumps at the Kihei No. 6 pump station at Kalama Park triggered the spill, officials said.
The incident was reported at 7:45 a.m., and sewage was seen coming from manholes at three locations – the corners of South Kihei and Welakahao roads, Halama Street and Waimahaihai Place, and Auhana and South Kihei roads. The overflow was stopped by 9:08 a.m., officials said.
The closed portion of South Kihei Road was reopened as of 11 a.m.
A crew from the county Department of Environmental Management responded to the scene to stop and clean up the spill, said county spokesman Rod Antone.
Lab technicians checked ocean water quality to see if untreated sewage reached the ocean, he said. However, the department is confident the overflow did not reach the ocean, and there were no beach closures.
The pumps were unclogged. Standing water was removed, and spill sites were cleaned and disinfected. The state Department of Health was notified.