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Hawaii Red Cross shelter closes doors

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By Roger Mari - bio | email

WAIANAE (KHNL) - They had little to begin with and now some people on the leeward coast will return to even less, now that the Red Cross shelter in Waianae is closing its doors.

After meeting the immediate needs of people affected most by the heavy rains, the Red Cross Shelter in Waianae will pack things up. Now dozens of people who called Keeau Beach in Makaha home will have to find another place to stay.

"Nervous and just wondering, where am I going? I have no place to go."

While they're thankful for everything the Red Cross has done for them, they knew it would only be temporary. Officials gave those staying at the shelter notice on Monday that it was time to leave.

"These people are already thinking ahead. They know we're not going to be here for weeks and weeks, so they're already making plans."

"Eventually we have to go back on the beach but we lost a lot. We lost our tent, all our clothes our beddings."

It's not all Darchann Peeples lost in the floods. With five kids, she is worried about Christmas next week.

"Right after the check came we bought all our kids presents and it's all wiped out, all gone."

For now, the rest of the people living at Keeau Beach who survived extensive damage to their tents can only hope they are prepared for the next rain storm.

Wednesday, a disaster assistance and recovery center will be open at the Makaha Resort from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. Agencies from the city and state will be there to help people once the shelters close.

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