Downpours worsen damage to road in Kahaluu

Downpours worsen damage to road in Kahaluu

KAHALUU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After a soggy weekend, more rain continued to soak neighborhoods across Oahu causing all kinds of problems. State health officials issued brown water advisories for Oahu and Kauai due to all the rain.

Green Valley Road near Punaluu looked more like a river on Monday morning. Residents waded in the muddy floodwater that covered the street.

Kahaluu residents said the recent downpours worsened the damage to Mapele Road which started to crack a few days ago.

"Everything is saturated. This area, it gets a lot of rain normally, but this has been just continuous for quite awhile," said Kahaluu resident Blair Norris.

Part of the street crumbled over the weekend. Residents are worried since this is the only way in and out of the neighborhood.

"The good thing is that nobody fell in cause at night there are no lights out here. If somebody were to drive and usually there's a puddle right there so it could have been bad," said Norris.

City officials said the road is privately owned. A city spokesman said the damage appears to be the result of erosion of the road base from an adjacent stream which is also privately owned. According to the city, the repairs will be substantial and will need to be completed by the roadway owner.

Over in Manoa, Raleigh Ferdun kept a close eye on the Manoa Stream. He snapped a photo in the morning when the water level rose to just below the Woodlawn Bridge.

"The normal level is about four feet and with the rain it has been spiking up to six feet, and then this morning it went up to nine feet," said Ferdun.

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