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Big Island flooding has coffee farmers asking for solutions

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Coffee farmers grappling with flood damage are asking how the water can be managed without diverting the problem to neighbors.

West Hawaii Today reports that with rain pouring up to three inches an hour on Thursday, Kainaliu coffee farmers were left with chunks of stripped and unusable land as well as uprooted trees and muddied pastures.

Residents are asking Hawaii County to map out a comprehensive flood control plan. They want officials to evaluate how runoff is handled and whether neighbors' flood mitigation efforts made things worse by altering waterways.

One resident estimated the recent storm and flowing water exiting a neighbor's property caused at least $20,000 in damage to her farm.

It is not clear how or if county officials will address the problem.

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