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McCully Flood Victims Still Waiting For Help

Raymond Lalosin Raymond Lalosin
Photograph of collapsed concrete wall on Lalosin's property Photograph of collapsed concrete wall on Lalosin's property
Makiki stream flooding on March 31, 2006 Makiki stream flooding on March 31, 2006

(KHNL) They asked the city and state to help them get back on their feet after their neighborhood in McCully was devastated by floods. And now weeks later some residents say they still haven't received the help they were promised.

Neighbors asked for help two weeks ago at a neighborhood board meeting. Since then they continue to clean up and continue to wait for answers. Raymond Lalosin points out repairs he made around his house, which have added up to 30 thousand dollars. And he says the work is far from over.

"I don't think things are back to normal" said Lalosin.

Last month, the Makiki Stream next to his house turned into a raging river. It wiped out his entire concrete wall and flooded his house.

Earlier this month at a neighborhood board meeting Lalosin said "the major concern right now is for the city to dredge the Makiki Stream."

Monday night, his concern remains the same, only he says his patience is running out.

"It's just so frustrating, you just can't put it to words. Unbelievable! It's been two weeks now and not even one word. And no concern on the public's input."

At the meeting city officials said dredging the stream was on the top of the agenda. State and city officials have organized another meeting for Tuesday April 18 to further discuss what needs to be done.

Lalosin says he willl be there tomorrow, but this time he wants to see more action and less talk.

"The city government and the state government as a whole, has to take a step up."

 Lalosin says if the city or state doesn't step up he plans to take legal action. As for the meeting it is scheduled at 6 PM Tuesday April 18 at Washington Middle School for anyone needing information on how to get help.

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