In Kaaawa, drenching rains leave behind flooded yards and a muddy mess

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KAAAWA,OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Just off Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa, Ryan Routh's front yard was still 10 inches underwater Monday.

It had been a day since powerful thunderstorms rocked Oahu's windward coast and things were still drying out.

"We had building materials under the house so all the lumber started floating out into the yard," Routh said.

The new homeowner moved in about a year ago and was fortunate to finish one of his improvement project's just in the nick of time.

"We recently jacked the house up two or three feet," said Routh. "The surveyor is still not done with the certificate."

The high water was slow to recede for some of Routh's neighbors' homes as well, leaving yards soggy and garages swamped.

"It's been a while since we flooded out like this," said Donovan Duarte.

At the height of the storm, Duarte said the water in his yard was 15 inches deep.

All that rain left behind a muddy mess, but he didn't let that dampen his sense of humor.

Duarte held up a nice-sized ahi and joked, "My goldfish. I found him in the yard floating."

As the neighborhood began to dry out Monday afternoon, some took the opportunity to explore.

"I'm walking in the water with my boots, just playing with frogs," said Karley Lopez, 11.

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