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Preparations for Next Big Rain Already Happening

Heavy overgrowth under bridge near  Pahia Street in Kaneohe. Heavy overgrowth under bridge near Pahia Street in Kaneohe.
Nick Pedro spent the day trimming away debris from near his property in Kaneohe. Nick Pedro spent the day trimming away debris from near his property in Kaneohe.

KANEOHE (KHNL) - Assessments are being done, but officials at Oahu Civil Defense say they haven't gotten any reports of major damage from Sunday's heavy downpours.

One of the worst hit areas was behind Pahia Street in Kaneohe.

Neighbors say the water level in the river behind their homes rose about 15 feet, and flooded their yards.

"Never in my life," said Nick Pedro, of Sunday's flood. "Even elsewhere. In the 14 years, I never seen anything like this."

The swollen river flooded his neighbors' house.

"I would estimate almost 2 feet of water was damned up in the house," he said. "The door was holding it back. Saw a little bit of water, so when I opened the door, everything was just floating."

Many of her belongings floated into their backyard. Pedro says the landlord says the home is a total loss.

Other areas pummeled by the rain were Kaaawa, Haulua, Laie and Ewa Beach.

The American Red Cross is still in the process of assessing the damages.

Civil defense says only a handful of people evacuated to the two emergency shelters in windward Oahu Sunday.

Meantime, on Kauai, mayor Brian Baptiste says search efforts for four still missing victims of last week's reservoir break will continue for at least another 48-hours.

Department of Land & Natural Resources and Kauai County Lifeguard search teams focused Monday on the Kilauea River.

Meantime, ground search teams scoured the banks of the Wailapa Stream in hopes of finding clues to the missing. Some 17 search and rescue personnel from Oahu, Maui and the Big Island arrived on Kauai on Monday to assist in search efforts.

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