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Windward Oahu Flooding Causes Evacuations

Bill Maxwell Bill Maxwell
Cindy Lau Cindy Lau
Ann Elisza Ann Elisza
Pokii Vaughn Pokii Vaughn

By: Beth Hillyer

(KHNL)- Heavy rain caused flooding on Windward Oahu late Sunday night. Several homes were damaged, and many evacuated their homes.  Kamehameha Highway near Sacred Falls in Punaluu was closed due to flooded conditons.

First responders were called to reports of flooding along Kamehameha Highway between Punaluu and Hauula.

Floodwaters poured into several homes forcing families to evacuate. Firefighters helped pump out some homes.

One family pet sought higher ground.

Bill Maxwell describes the situation, "It was a flash flood and now the fire department is working on getting the situation cleared up."

Civil Defense volunteers watched the rising water as neighbors pointed out the problem.

Maxwell adds, "It was flooded because the river has not been maintained and it only rained for an hour and already the flood waters came up to the bottom of the home."

Joann Nakoa adds, "People are really upset because it's the same people who got flooded last time."

Neighbors frantically shovelled sand and debris to clear the stream and divert water away from homes.

Cindy Lau explains, "So tonight again we are having a flood. I called Civil Defense and told them they need to get out here bring equipment, bring tools and start digging."

Flood waters forced the closure of Kamehameha Highway for more than an hour. It re-opened around 10pm.

Stranded driver Ann Elisza says, "I'm going home. I'm from Hauula going to Kaaawa, been waiting her almost an hour."

Christine Roger parked her car, "I am getting ready to walk home. I just hit a traffic jam here. I live less than a mile away so I'm just going to walk it."

Neighbors tried to divert the water using sand bags.

Pokii Vaughn says, "We just want to keep the water from coming in off the road because the culvert is clogged and the whole street backed up. I tried to clear flooding down stream."

On the bright side Vaughn says this damage was not as serious as that caused by the floods last march.

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