Miliarder pendiri Facebook Mark Zuckerberg telah membeli lebih banyak properti di Hawaii, termasuk sebagian besar waduk yang menyebabkan banjir mematikan 15 tahun lalu.
Catatan properti menunjukkan Kaloko LLC milik Zuckerberg membeli situs seluas 110 acre (44,5 hektar) di Kauai bulan lalu seharga $17 juta dari perusahaan yang dimiliki oleh keluarga Pflueger, Honolulu Star-Advertiser melaporkan.
The purchase includes most of a reservoir that flooded in 2006, killing seven people, after a section of a dam burst following 40 days of near-constant rain. James Pflueger was held responsible for the tragedy for his management of the dam.
Pflueger was sentenced by a state judge to seven months in jail in 2014 and was released in 2015. He died in 2017 at the age of 91.
Zucerkberg and wife Priscilla Chang are committed to doing their part of fulfilling legal requirements and promoting safety of the reservoir, said Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the couple.
The reservoir remains unrepaired and on the state’s list of high-risk dams.
The couple plan to extend farming, ranching, conservation and wildlife protection work on the land, LaBolt said. They already had 1,300 acres (526 hectares) on the island.