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Local Farmers Brace for More Heavy Rains

Norman Sadoyama copes with the after-effects of heavy rains that damaged his crops. Norman Sadoyama copes with the after-effects of heavy rains that damaged his crops.

WAIHOLE VALLEY (KHNL)  Farmers flooded out from last week rains are gearing up for another round of more rain.

Waihole Valley farmer Norman Sadoyama got an early start in harvesting his Okinawan sweet potato.

"Were glad were able to dig, to harvest. at least a little bit," said Norman Sadoyama.

The ground is still saturated from last week's heavy down pour. Sadoyama has suffered some losses. More than 25% of his sweet potatoes are rotted and waterlogged.

"I think this might be one of the worst."

The Sadoyama's papaya trees were also damaged in the heavy rains. Yellow and dried leaves indicate the plant is in shock. Instead of taking a total loss, they're going to try and salvage what they can.

"It doesn't matter how much percent, it always affects us, you know - even 10 to 20%. Especially these days, farming is kind of rough."

It's going to take a while to determine the extent of damages. But the Windward Oahu farmer has already informed his customers of a shortage.

"Well, no papayas, very little sweet potato. They understand. Nothing much but you can do, but we go with the flow, we understand we don't have no control. Some how some way, the Lord provides."

Sadoyama says if it rains for three straight days, all of his crops will be destroyed. He is certain it's going to rain again. But how much?

"Just have to wait and see you know how bad the rain's going to be," said Sadoyama.

Farmers say it'll take a full week of sunshine to dry up the ground. And the planting of spring crops will most likely be pushed back several weeks.

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