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Day after heavy rains, city deals with potholes, ponding

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It's been 24 hours since heavy rains swamped parts of the state, and some roadways are still drying out.

On Colburn Street in Kalihi, cars are either turning around or getting stuck in high waters. Two blocks away, on Kalani Street, vehicles are slowly trekking through water as high as 10 inches deep.

Alan Sabate, the owner of the Maui Bay Shirt Company, has headquartered his business on Kalani Street for about four years. He says the flooding happens every time it rains heavily.

"Right now it's like a lake. Getting in and out is kind of hard," said Sabate. "Then you get guys that are driving through really fast and getting everybody wet."

Colburn and Kalani Streets are privately-owned, so it isn't the city or state's responsibility to find drainage for it. But it's been difficult tracking down the owners; Sabate says they usually have to wait for the water to evaporate, which sometimes takes two weeks.

Residents in the area are begging for help.

"I hope the state will take care of this, because all the residents are complaining," said Cora Delos Nieves. "It's hard to get to work, go shopping. We cannot go out already because of flood."

Workers at Lex Brodie's Tires Company say they're swamped with customers who've had problems on other Honolulu roads.

"Very busy. We have a lot of flat repairs, a lot of people hitting pot holes, damaging tires. We've had a lot of that in the last two days because of the rain," said production supervisor Robert Rose.

Rose says the shop on Queen Street has been getting more than double the business that they would on a normal day.

"I would say normally 15 to 20 flat repairs on a regular day. After the big rains, we get like 35 to 40," Rose said.

The city says there will not be any pot hole patching right away, because the roads are still wet. To make matters worse? Another storm is on its way.

Honolulu's Director of Facility Maintenance, Ross Sasamura, says 233 potholes were reported for the week of Feb 19 to 25, and 1,028 of them were filled across the state.

Sasamura says the statistics have not yet been complied for this week.

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