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O'ahu Struck by Heavy Rains, Thunderstorms

Heavy rains turn street in Ewa Beach into a huge pond. Heavy rains turn street in Ewa Beach into a huge pond.
Car stuck in freeway flooding on H-1 West before Waipahu offramp Car stuck in freeway flooding on H-1 West before Waipahu offramp
Crews pump rainwater from flooded Waimalu Shopping Center parking lot. Crews pump rainwater from flooded Waimalu Shopping Center parking lot.

(KHNL)  For the past couple of weeks, the heavy rains hit the Windward side of Oahu, but this time, Mother Nature isn't forgetting about the Leeward area.

"This is the second time it's been like this and my goodness!" said Deedee Alporque, Ewa Beach resident.

The street she lives on has turned into a huge pond and like many, she's worried about one thing.

"My house, my property," said Alporque.

Oahu Civil Defense is also concerned, shutting down Kuhina Street. Residents helped detour traffic.

Other drivers didn't get a warning. A car got stuck on the H-1 westbound about a mile before the Waipahu offramp. The driver waited inside until a tow truck came. Further in Waipahu, Civil Defense officials had their hands full.

"On Waipahu Street next to the mill, we're monitoring the rock wall because of the water levels, it's actually coming over the wall instead of draining," said Steven Veray, with Oahu Civil Defense.

If the wall breaks, nearby homes located down the hill from Waipahu Street would be threatened.

At Waimalu Shopping Center, crews tried to pump out all the rainwater that flooded the parking lot.

While crews and residents remained busy trying to stay dry, some kids didn't mind getting wet, dangerously jumping in streams and waiting on the road for the next big wave.

While the wet weather is creating a huge mess on Leeward Oahu, some residents are trying to be understanding.

"But you can't help Mother Nature," said Alporque.

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