By Brooks Baehr - bio | email
WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) – As they prepared to spend Thursday night on cots in an auditorium at Waianae Regional Park, families who say they "lost everything" in this week's floods shared their stories with Hawaii News Now.
"Water went in our home. It washed everything out. I mean, we lost everything.
We're talking about clothes, my TVs, my kids' lap tops were underneath the beds. They're done. They're ruined. The beds are ruined," said Larry Mauk. Mauk, his wife, and their seven children were chased from their home on Puuhulu Road. They were among about 20 people who took advantage of the Red Cross Shelter set up at the park.
Siosiana Helu and her family were forced to leave their home on Mailiili Road after it was inundated by flood water.
"All mud from the mountain and rock coming down and water come straight into all the room and bathrooms. Whatever we had is all damaged. It is all material stuff. You know, but thank god nobody is there, you know, get hurt or anything," Helu said.
The people at the shelter said they are grateful for the help they are getting, but say they will need a lot more before life can return to what it was before the floods hit.