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January storm haunts Waianae family

Bobbi Kaolelopono Bobbi Kaolelopono
Sosiua Tuihalangingie Sosiua Tuihalangingie

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - As a new storm threatened to dump rain across the island chain, a Waianae family displaced by a flood last month is still searching for a new place to live.

It was January 12, 2011. Runoff from a persistent downpour flowed down the mountain behind their rented home on Mailiili Road. The water burst through the back door carrying mud and rocks into every room in the house.

Almost everything inside was destroyed. More than a month later the house is still unlivable. The eight people who lived there spent some time in a Red Cross shelter. Now they are staying in a discounted room at the Makaha Resort, but know the great rate they are getting there will only last so long.

"I really hope that this doesn't happen to anybody else. They don't want to end up like us. You know, searching for somewhere else to go and worrying about where you are going to sleep and, you know, what you're going to eat," said Bobbi Kaolelopono.

The storm that had Oahu under a Flash Flood Watch Monday night brought only passing showers to the Waianae Coast, but the watch was scheduled to last into Wednesday.

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