HAUULA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kenny and Linda Wright shot home video in the early hours Sunday morning as their Hauula house was flooded by the remnants of tropical storm Wali. "It got into our house. About six inches of water. The whole house," Linda Wright said. "I turned on the hallway light. Water was all the way through into the kitchen," Kenny Wright said.
The Wright's said outside the water was up to their knees. A watermark on their neighbor's wall shows how high it was. "I think almost everybody got water in their cars as well," Kenny Wright said.
"The water level was probably the highest it's ever been," Teri Manaha said. Manaha and the Wrights live on Pokiwai Place. The street is surrounded by a stream that backs up during heavy rains. Residents blame sand they said is purposely piled under a bridge on Kamehameha Highway. They want it kept clear.
"We just need help. This lane needs help from the city and county or state," Linda Wright said. Today the Wrights and other rainsoaked residents on the Windward side got much-needed help from the Red Cross. "We're providing cleanup kits for folks who need supplies to cleanup their houses. And we can help them connect with other resources if they have more ongoing needs for social services," disaster assessment team member Emily Kukulies said.
The Wrights are not alone in their misery.
"Five or six of our neighbors got it through their house as well," Kenny Wright said. "We had to tear out the whole carpet. Everything. It's just a total mess," Linda Wright said. The Wrights have lived on Pokiwai Place for 15 years. This is the worst rain related damage they have ever suffered.
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