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Volunteers clean up neighborhood ravaged by flood waters

Mark Ortiz Mark Ortiz

EWA BEACH (HawaiiNewsNow) - Volunteers helped an Ewa community clean up debris on Saturday, that was swept in by recent floods.

Raging waters left much of Honouliuli underwater, last week Wednesday. A nearby stream over-ran its banks and covered the community with chest deep water.

It's the third time this neighborhood has flooded in recent years.

Volunteers from the Civil Defense, local churches, and inmates cleaned up the area today, plus they collected damaged goods from inside the homes that were ruined by the flash flood.

A property owner in the area, Mark Ortiz, said, "It would probably take another couple weeks of all the raw sewage around, dead animals, but you know we got all these help coming down, things move really fast, we got a lot of help. Just great neighbors all around."

Paul Chapman, who volunteered with Hope Chapel Kapolei pushed for action: "They gotta do something about this stream, cause evidently three streams flow into this stream. Can't handle the water."

The State Civil Defense organized today's cleanup in Ewa and another in Waianae.

They hope to work with more faith-based organizations to mobilize volunteers and help keep communities clean.

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