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Heavy Rain Hits the State

By Paul Drewes

HAWAII (KHNL)- While many parts of Hawaii have seen showers and clouds, the areas hit hardest by the heavy rain are on the opposite ends of the state.

On the Big Island, the Hilo Bayfront remains flooded as the rain continues to fall. Another Flash Flood Warning went up monday morning over the soaked windward side, sending unwanted rain to parts that have already had more than enough. "We're still having the Waiakea Uka area and upper Hilo still have flooding going on. The upper level rainfall is working its way down so the levels have dropped, but there are still significant amounts of water coming down." says Duane Hosaka with the Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Several flooded roads remain closed but the major highways are open.

While over a hundred homes have water damage from the latest flooding,

hard work by residents in the rain, along with public workers delivering sandbags to over a 150 homes, helped keep the rushing waters from doing anymore damage.

On Kauai, a 40 foot matson container swept away by the rising waters, is carrying down the Hanapepe River before it slams into the Hanapepe bridge. Causing damage and forcing the bridge to be shut down.

Meanwhile repair crews have been busy working on the water lines at the Wainiha bridge. Where too much rain and runoff has meant not enough water for residents from Wainiha to Haena. Damage at the Wainiha bridge from the flooding, means some homes don't have running water, inside. Even though there are still raging waters in the streams and rivers outside.

But help is being trucked in. "They sent out 2 water tankers known as buffaloes to the North Shore for potable water til that Wainiha waterline is completed. Meanwhile, they closed the Kamakani center, they opened last night as a Red Cross shelter. No one came and so they actually closed it." says Marc Valentin, with KONG radio.

The Big Island also opened a pair of emergency centers for residents forced to flee the rising waters, but only three people took shelter from the storms.

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