By Wendy Osher
Erosion is being blamed for the collapse of a concrete restroom facility at Maui’s Baldwin Park this afternoon (Wednesday).
Crews are working to remove the concrete structure after half of it fell onto the beach, undercut at its foundation by erosion, according to County Communications Director Rod Antone.
Just yesterday, the County issued an advisory that the park would be closed beginning today as a precaution, due to erosion-related safety concerns. The directive to close the facility prior to today’s incident, was made by Parks Director Glenn Correa.
Once the restroom is removed, crews must then cap the sewer line to prevent any leakage. Temporary restrooms will be provided for beach goers once the park is cleared for reopening.
Park officials also identified two trees on the right side of the park that have been weakened at their base by erosion. The coconut and ironwood trees have exposed roots and are in danger of falling, said county authorities.
Both must also be removed before the park can be reopened.