Clogged drain pipe in Kaimuki creates havoc when it rains — and no one will clean it out

KAIMUKI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A waterline of mud goes up to 3 feet along the concrete wall at Corrie Uehara's house at 18th and Maunaloa avenues in Kaimuki.

When Sunday's unrelenting rain started coming down, she took cell video showing the lake in her yard — and gushing water down the street.

"The ditch across the street started overflowing everything raging down my driveway, down the street. It's just crazy," said Uehara.

Uehara called firefighters who used a sledgehammer and pipe to let the water escape.

"I'm going to leave that hole in my wall. I'm going to make it bigger," she said.

At least four nearby properties were also flooded, with the water entering one of the homes.

Residents say they've battled flooding problems for years and blame a clogged drain pipe, which funnels water from 11 catch basins up the hill.

"It's really frustrating. It's really stressful," said Uehara.

The city has said the drain pipe is on private property, but the property owner apparently disputes that. That means no one is clearing it.

"The city won't clean it out and it's much too shallow to handle water," said Uehara's neighbor, Linda Knowles.

The water from Uehara's yard spilled over onto hers.

She hopes a new law requiring counties to take ownership over disputed roads will help mitigate the problem before the next heavy rain.

"All we are asking is please do something about the drainage," said Knowles.

Copyright 2018 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.