Storm gone, now cleanup starts - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Storm gone, now cleanup starts

volunteer Kevin Schmidt volunteer Kevin Schmidt
Savina Wendin Savina Wendin

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the storm moved out the Red Cross has moved in, assessing flood damage to private properties.

"We're just doing an initial assessment, report that back to the main office, and then follow-up teams will take it from there," volunteer Kevin Schmidt said.

On the to-do list, a dozen homes on the east side of Oahu, including Savina Wendin's parent's property in Kamiloiki Valley.

"It was a three- to four-foot swell that just worked its way up in the drainage ditch behind our home, and then washed up over the wall and through the house," she said.

The water ruined carpeting and seeped under wood surfaces.

MD Cleaning and Restoration has been swamped with emergency orders to extract floodwater from carpets and floors.

"In many cases the tips and the top of the carpet will feel dry, but the carpet padding is still soaking wet," company microbial investigator Daren Kaneshiro said. "The danger there is that you're going to get a lot of bacteria contamination and mold damage over the course of several days. If you can get in touch with any professional restoration company, please do so if you feel that it's warranted."

The city Department of Facility Maintenance is busy too, filling pot holes and unclogging stream beds plugged by debris. Road maintenance advises people living along streams and drainage ditches to trim tree branches before the next storm.

"They could come down during heavy rainfall events and contribute to the blocking of the storm drains and streams," Tyler Sugihara said.

The Red Cross sent assessment teams island wide to eyeball damage and offer assistance.

"We're each visiting at least six to eight to a dozen residences in different areas," Schmidt said. "Things like food, shelter and clothing. If people are forced to leave their homes or some of their things have been destroyed, then we could help them with those immediate needs."

"They're angels showing up at your home. It was really nice to see that people care," Wendin said.

Red Cross help may be needed again soon with more rain in the forecast.

Copyright 2011 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:31:41 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 8:12 PM EDT2018-07-19 00:12:45 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    More >>

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    More >>
  • Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then 'hello'

    Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then 'hello'

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 3:11 AM EDT2018-07-18 07:11:51 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 8:11 PM EDT2018-07-19 00:11:42 GMT
    In a press conference on Wednesday after they were released from the hospital, the boys apologized to their parents. (Source: NBT WORLD/CNN)In a press conference on Wednesday after they were released from the hospital, the boys apologized to their parents. (Source: NBT WORLD/CNN)

    Divers found the soccer team 10 days after they were trapped in a flooded cave, and rescuers eventually extracted them over three days, concluding July 10.

    More >>

    Divers found the soccer team 10 days after they were trapped in a flooded cave, and rescuers eventually extracted them over three days, concluding July 10.

    More >>
  • Big Island officer killed in line of duty remembered as devoted public servant

    Big Island officer killed in line of duty remembered as devoted public servant

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:57 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:57:15 GMT
    Officer Bronson Kaliloa died early Wednesday after a shooting in Mountain View. (Image: Big Island Police Department)Officer Bronson Kaliloa died early Wednesday after a shooting in Mountain View. (Image: Big Island Police Department)
    Officer Bronson Kaliloa died early Wednesday after a shooting in Mountain View. (Image: Big Island Police Department)Officer Bronson Kaliloa died early Wednesday after a shooting in Mountain View. (Image: Big Island Police Department)

    He was one of a kind. That's how just about anyone who knew Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa describes him. 

    More >>

    He was one of a kind. That's how just about anyone who knew Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa describes him. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly