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Heavy Rains and Flooding Shutdown Kamehameha Highway

Kahana Valley resident wades through high waters flooding his yard. Kahana Valley resident wades through high waters flooding his yard.
Mudslide forces shutdown portion of Kamehameha Highway. Mudslide forces shutdown portion of Kamehameha Highway.
Heavy rains Thursday forced Oahu Civil Defense to close parts of Kamehameha Highway. Heavy rains Thursday forced Oahu Civil Defense to close parts of Kamehameha Highway.
Some made the best of the flood conditions. Some made the best of the flood conditions.

(KHNL) Mother Nature is still slamming into the Windward side of Oahu, closing schools and shutting down roads.

The wet weather triggered several landslides. Officials closed several locations on Kamehameha Highway between Waiahole and Kahuku.

Residents also waded through flooded homes.

"It's about that deep, it's above my knees, as far as coming through the house and garage, the floor of the house is about this far above the water, so we're crossing our fingers," said Dave Broederdorf, who lives in Kahana Valley.

In Kahuku, an overflowing river washed up onto road, forcing the closure of Kahuku High and Intermediate for a second consecutive day.

"As the water rises, our gym, our library and main facilities start to get flooded, even into our band room," said Warner Pukahi, Kahuku wrestling coach.

The wet weather also shutdown Kaaawa Elementary and the Polynesian Cultural Center.

The rain runoff also turned a usually pristine Waimea Bay into a chocolate-covered mess.  Even so, locals still found ways to enjoy the weather.  However, not everyone thinks it's the perfect storm.

Drivers had to navigate through large pools of water, while homeowners prayed to the sun gods.

"I wish it would end, please," said Broederdorf.

Here's a look at schools closures announced late Thursday afternoon by the Department of Education.

Kaaawa, Hauula and Laie elementary schools will be closed Friday.
Kahuku High and Intermediate will be closed Friday.

Kahuku High and Intermediate will remain closed even though students were scheduled to have the day-off anyway for a designated teacher work day.

And there won't be any classes at Kahuku Elementary School.

Sunset Elementary will be opened, but has cancelled its breakfast service.

Also, an emergency shelter has been set-up in Hauula at a church chapel located on Hauula Homestead Road.

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