Windward Residents Slowly Recover from Flood

Alvin Cantere
Alvin Cantere

(KHNL) After rain and mud washed over Windward Oahu days ago, many are still struggling to clean up their communities. As residents are still picking up the pieces from last week's storm, they are also bracing for the possibility of more wet weather.

"Cleaning and disinfecting and getting rid of all the mud," said Kahana resident Patricia Cantere.

"I've never seen water that high," said her husband, Alvin.

The Cantere family lives on the portion of Kamehameha Highway in Kahana that was closed last week, because of a mudslide.

"Luckily we had pumps so we could pump water to the ocean and we had wet-dry vacs," said Patricia.

They do not have flood insurance and will spend about $1,000 replacing carpets. They know their house suffered only minor damage, and are thankful things didn't get much worse.

And for another consecutive day, work crews were cleaning up beaches and roads in Kaaawa.

"So far the preliminary indication is that we may not be eligible for FEMA funds because the damage was not as extensive, there's a certain threshold," said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

But people who live on that side of Oahu may receive local help. The state is now working on assisting flood victims and preparing for more wet weather.

"For us, we have to make sure the North Shore drains well and that's clearing the drains and the culverts and bridges to oceans at this point," said Gen. Robert Lee, Adjutant General for Hawaii.

In a couple of days, the state will open disaster assistance center in the North Shore to help flood victims.