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Kalihi residents forced to evacuate after stream overflows into homes

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Resident Joseph Aiello shows us how high the water rose (Image: Hawaii News Now) Resident Joseph Aiello shows us how high the water rose (Image: Hawaii News Now)
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KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It was panic and mayhem in Kalihi Sunday night, as residents at the Hale Umi condos fought to keep water out of their units.

During the peak of Tropical Storm Darby, the Kalihi Stream overflowed into nearby apartments, forcing families to evacuate.

"It was just rapidly flowing and the water was just coming over the wall like waves, swoosh all the way," described resident Leslie Awana. 

"We were all pushing each other up," said her daughter Amber Manini. "We grabbed mom, I had the dog in my hand, my brother pulled up mom from the roof and all of us together. We were just like okay guys, you got to push yourself up and do it."

Resident Joseph Aiello says he was waist deep in water inside his unit and that everything was covered in mud and debris.

"It was just horrendous, I've never seen it that bad," he said. 

He had to drive his family to safety in Waikele.

"I said we got to go, we had a bag packed. We went and I came back to this. The TV fell down and we had two leather sofas that went out."

Sofas, mattresses, stoves and so much more were damaged, with thousands of dollars down the drain.

The stream that swamped their homes was back to normal Monday, but residents wonder if the City could have done more to clear debris before the storm.

"We need some answers because this shouldn't have happened," said Aiello.

"There just was too much water, too much debris and it just didn't have an ample amount of chance to get out to the ocean," Awana said.

Residents have been in touch with the Red Cross. In the meantime, they're staying with relatives on other parts of the island. The good news is no one was hurt.

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