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Leeward Oahu drenched by storm

Guard Street flooded in Waianae Guard Street flooded in Waianae
Ann Aquino Ann Aquino
State crews pumping flood water off Farrington Highway in Nanakuli State crews pumping flood water off Farrington Highway in Nanakuli
Jon Shimizu Jon Shimizu

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - The rain was relentless in Waianae.  So much water fell it flooded Guard Street and stranded four families in their homes.

"It looks like a giant swimming pool with all the rubbish cans upside down, all the rubbish is floating.  It's gross," said Ann Aquino, Waianae Resident.  "We noticed it wasn't this flooded at 6:30 last night but when we woke up this morning we were under water."

Their cars were stuck too.  They do have electricity now which makes being 'rained in' a bit more bearable.

"We're going to wait it out until the fire department and the Red Cross comes to help us out," said Aquino.

State crews were busy pumping flood water off Farrington Highway in Nanakuli.  They sucked up the water into trucks and then dumped it down the drain across the street.  In all they pumped out more than 20,000 gallons of rain water from the Princess Kahanu Avenue intersection alone.

"It's been really busy. A lot of rain, a lot of rubbish, a lot of water," said Jon Shimizu, State Worker.

There's a lot of work too.  Some workers are a bit out of their element.

"Actually I'm a plumber helper so I don't usually go with these guys but they don't have enough people so double duty," said Shimizu.

Up Waianae Valley Road the street washed out and city crews worked on removing mud and debris.  They didn't expect the road to be passable by the end of the day.

Mira Image Construction workers did some make shift fishing.  Their barriers were swept away down Mailiili Stream and then floated back to the beach where crews collected them.

Over in Kalaeloa Pro-File Record Systems had about a 50 foot chunk of its roof collapse.  The building stores data and paperwork for companies and firefighters say the building had some significant water damage inside from both rain water and a broken sprinkler system.

On the way out of Campbell Industrial Park flooding caused a six by ten foot pothole about a foot deep on Kalaeloa Boulevard adding to the long line of traffic, delays and projects to cleanup.

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