Big surf concerns North Shore homeowners

NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - You fight fire with fire but fighting huge waves is another story.

"Right now we are just trying to do this big round thing that we call a burrito that is like a berm," said Alice Lunt, Rocky Point Homeowner. "Theoretically the water will come up the tarp wash back down and not take the sand with it."

At Christmas Lunt had a beautiful deck, but waves washed it away. She is praying the ocean doesn't come back for the rest of the house.

"I'm really nervous. We're doing everything we can," said Lunt.

She moved the furniture out of the bedrooms facing the ocean. There are cracks along the edge of the floor and a big one running up the wall in the middle of the room. She put up a beam for extra support but the fear is the next big swell could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

She rents out the house and had to cancel all reservations through March costing her $10,000. She's also paid $1,000 for a bulldozer to legally push sand up to the house and another $2,000 on sandbags, tarps, ropes and labor.

"I pretty much have a stomachache all the time now," said Lunt.

Up the beach Rupert Oberlohr is also bracing for the swells and hoping the tarps help keep sand in place.

"I worked hard all my life to earn this," said Oberlohr, 70-year-old Rocky Point Homeowner. "We pushed all that sand in yesterday to protect our property and I don't want this to be washed out again but it can happen in a couple hours."

Residents say it seems the bad erosion happens every 20 years but this time is the worst. The waves are already reaching the tarps and they're not even close to the 25 to 35 foot heights that have been predicted to hit overnight and next week, which makes them worry about what's past the horizon.

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