Floodwaters leave a mess in Windward Oahu

Floodwaters leave a mess in Windward Oahu

KAHANA BAY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Several hours of torrential overnight rain left a mess on Oahu, especially in windward areas that were under a flash flood warning for much of the night.

During the early afternoon, the sun was out at Kahana Bay Beach Park. But if you wanted to use a picnic table there, you would have had to wade through a large area of water to get to one.

The flooding there was such one of the signs of what happened overnight. Honolulu police closed Kamehameha Highway at Waikane Valley Road, and also contraflowed traffic at Kaaawa Valley Road and Punaluu Beach Park because of flooding.

Kahana Stream jumped from its usual stage of two feet to more than ten feet shortly before midnight. The flooding gave campers at the beach park an early wake-up call.

"My daughter said, 'Dad, the river's coming up, raging!'," said camper Mike Scott. "We came out, assessed it -- yeah, we should get out of here, it's so high."

Scott and family members left their campsite for higher ground as debris was swept down the river and into the bay. "We saw refrigerators, trees, logs," he said. "We thought, yeah, we can leave our stuff, we can replace this."

Even hours after the deluge stopped, there was still a lot of runoff near and over the roadway. Near Kualoa, traffic was backed up in both directions when a lane remained closed so crews could clean up a rock and mudslide that left a big mess.

"This morning, the road was solid mud, you couldn't even ee any of the lines," said Skyler Bewley, who lives nearby. "It's getting clear now, but it was pretty bad."

Even though the sun was out, Scott and his family decided to call an early end to their camping trip.

"We got the permit 'til Wednesday," said Scott. "We're going home today. We don't wanna go through this again."

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