Residents clean up, assess damage after floods

Amy Caliboso
Amy Caliboso
Cammala Krainer
Cammala Krainer
Brian Ashford
Brian Ashford

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Saturday's weather wasn't picture perfect, but it was dry enough for residents in Windward Oahu and elsewhere around the state to really start efforts to clean up after Friday's flooding, and for the American Red Cross to visit some neighborhoods to assess how bad things got.

"We're going out to the neighborhoods and trying to identify who's been impacted, what kind of damage they have and just identifying what needs are out there," said Amy Caliboso, a disaster assessment worker with the Hawaii chapter of the Red Cross.

Caliboso was among Red Cross volunteers who checked out neighborhoods in Kailua and Kaneohe, talking to residents who were affected by the flooding. The Red Cross had determined which areas to visit by looking at where 911 calls came from during the storm.

"There has been a lot of water damage, a loot of flood damage, so there are a lot of people cleaning up right now, trying to get the water out of their home and taking stock of what they need to do," said Caliboso.

One of those cleanups was on a cul-de-sac just off Kaneohe Bay Drive, where the son and daughter-in-law of a vacationing resident were busy. Water had come up almost waist-high on the street, but it also left a water mark on the resident's pickup truck, which also had debris in the engine compartment and water in the cab.

"We gotta clean up Dad's car, floorboards. We ripped up floorboards because the water went straight through the house," said Cammala Krainer.

In Kailua, a Kainui Place resident had called the Red Cross for assistance.

"You know when I called them, I thought that it would kinda be they would get back to me in a couple of weeks, and you know, I'd have to fill out a report and that would be that. But I mean, shoot, they came the next day. I was really impressed," said Brian Ashford.

"We just needed help yesterday with the power being out and our house flooded, and didn't really have much to do, no dry towels or anything to dry up the water," Ashford said.

The water had receded from Ashford's property and most of the cleanup had been done when the Red Cross assessment team arrived Saturday afternoon. However, the team discussed with Ashford what other assistance might be available.

The damage assessment teams said in the areas they visited, residents had things under control, but were still requesting small items such blankets that they could borrow for other neighbors. The Red Cross also said it has cleanup kits available for those who request them.

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