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Masefau Area

The Masefau Village Shore Protection Project is located on the northeast coast of Tutuila Island, American Samoa. This shore protection project was authorized under Section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946. The American Samoa Government is the local sponsor and owner, responsible to operate and maintain the project. The project is in the operations and maintenance phase.

The project was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in September 1991 at a cost of $430,000 (Federal). The project consists of a 525-foot revetment. In September 2009, some splash apron stones on the landward side of the revetment were washed out during the tsunami waves generated by a magnitude 8.3 earthquake.  The stones have been restacked against the landward edge of the revetment, but not to the project lines and grades specified in the as-built drawings. Repairs to the structure could not be economically justified under PL 84-99.

Annual inspections are conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the American Samoa Government to ensure the project is performing as intended.

Two domed-topped concrete pillboxes with gun-slits, remnant defensive fortifications from WWII, are located on the shores of Masefau Bay.