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Waianae family: 'The mud is everywhere '

Red Cross assessing needs of Waianae and Nanakuli families whose homes were devastated by winter storm. Red Cross assessing needs of Waianae and Nanakuli families whose homes were devastated by winter storm.
Sosiua Tuihalangingie Sosiua Tuihalangingie

 By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Outside Sosiua Tuihalangingie's house on Mailiili Road stands a moat of mud thick enough to sink into.

The tidal wave of earth broke through a back door, carried by rain that rushed down a Waianae hillside Wednesday night.

"It covered all three bedrooms, the bathroom, and the living room," Tuihalangingie said.

The water's gone but mud covers every inch of floor space. The carpet, the family's clothes, personal items and paperwork are all ruined.

"Me and one of my sons stayed back and tried to clean up. But we give up," he said.

The Red Cross is offering help.

"It just hits me in my heart to see all the damage on the inside. You can't tell from the outside how bad it is," Red Cross volunteer Eloise Lewis said.

This is the second blow Sosiua's family has suffered since the start of the year. His 12-year-old nephew Samson Sese was one of two people killed in a five-car accident in Kunia on New Year's Day.

"He always came by and stayed with us every weekend," Tuihalangingie said.

They were at Sese's funeral Wednesday night when the rain hit.

"We're still hurting and we came home and this other problem. We really need help," he said.

The family is trying to salvage what it can. But they can't live in the house..

"I worry about my granddaughter and my kids, my family, that they might get disease or sick," Tuihalangingie said.

The self-employed auto mechanic said he doesn't earn enough to afford the repair and rebuilding it will take.

"Right now I don't know what to do," he said.

The Red Cross has promised shelter for as long as they need it.

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