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Makiki Flood Victims Demand Answers

Raymond Lalosin Raymond Lalosin
Senator Carol Fukunaga Senator Carol Fukunaga
Council member Anne Kobayashi Council member Anne Kobayashi
Makiki stream flooding on March 31, 2006 Makiki stream flooding on March 31, 2006
Sediment and rocks line the channel of Makiki stream Sediment and rocks line the channel of Makiki stream

(KHNL) The torrential rains may be gone, but there is still a flood of problems for many Oahu residents, especially those in the McCully and Makiki areas hardest hit by last Friday's flooding. Thursday night they voiced their concerns and frustrations at a neighborhood board meeting.

Discussing the flooding that occurred last week wasn't even on the agenda, but that quickly changed. Residents asked state and city officials for help and demanded answers.

It was clear what was on many people's minds. One by one, neighbors recounted their frightening experiences last week after floods devastated the McCully area.

Flood victims like Raymond Lalosin also stepped up to ask: what happens next?

"The major concern right now is for the city to dredge the Makiki Stream" said Lalosin

His property was hit hard by the severe weather. The Makiki Stream became a surging river, that knocked out his cement wall and flooded his house.

"When the wall gave way, there was a rush of about six feet of water."

Crews are now rebuilding the wall, while damaged belongings continue to pile up. He says this all could have been prevented.

"I've been telling them for three years about having this stream cleaned up. Now with the community involved, there's strength in numbers. Let your politicians know that this is it! What is it going to take... a life lost, like Kauai, before you start taking action?" asks Lalosin.

City and state officials were out tonight to hear residents concerns

"It's one stream that when water overflowed, all of my districts were experiencing severe flooding." said Senator Carol Fukanaga (D) Makiki-McCully.

Senator Fukanaga says relief is on the way. A community meeting is scheduled in two weeks to figure out what needs to be done.

"Until we exactly know what kind of damage occurred, it's a little hard to for us to respond.

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi said Thursday night that dredging the Makiki Stream is on the top of the city's agenda. Also that meeting for the community to learn what kind of aid is available is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18th at Washington Middle School at 6PM.