Tropical Storm Darby impacts linger one week later

Tropical Storm Darby impacts linger one week later
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's been one week since Tropical Storm Darby hit the Hawaiian islands and families are still trying to recover. They're getting much needed help from disaster relief organizations.

"I've been off of work for this whole week cleaning, and what they were able to accomplish in a few hours would have taken my wife and I another week or two," said Torrey Ho, who's Pauoa Valley home was severely impacted by flooded waters.

Darby flooded their entire bottom floor, destroying furniture, electronics and a foundation they called home for more than 20 years.

"The rain and the wind ripped off our roof," said Ho. "Our ceilings in the inside are damaged."

"We're going in doing debris removal, getting trash bags of all the stuff that happened here," said volunteer Jerome Deniz. "Then we're also knocking out some of the tile and some of the dry wall that has mold built up on it."

On Sunday, 11 volunteers with Team Rubicon grabbed brooms, hammers and crow bars to help speed up recovery efforts.

The nonprofit organization re-purposes the skills of military veterans and provides aid in major natural disasters.

"For us it helps brings us together, it gives us a sense of purpose, a sense of service and the camaraderie that we have," Deniz said. "I know if I had the same thing happen to me, I'd wish someone would come and stop by my house and help me the same way we're helping this family right now."

Ho says the help is the boost his family needed to continuing moving forward.

"When you're at the bottom end of the barrel and they show up, it's renewed energy," he said. "You look at it, you have a good cry then you move on to work."

Ho says they want to work with the City to fix the drainage issue along their private street, to prevent something like this from happening again.

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