Flash floods inundate East Honolulu

Published: Mar. 6, 2012 at 11:56 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2012 at 12:13 AM HST
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By Keoki Kerr – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This is what people's back yards and driveways looked like near Paiko drive off Kalanianaole highway in Niu Valley on Tuesday. As a torrent of rain water made its way to the ocean.

Up the highway a bit Wailupe place looked more like Wailupe lake at midday with runoff several feet high flooding parts of two homes.

Firefighters used a pump to drain the water that floods this area because residents say the storm drain is higher than the street ... So when the drain clogs up, the water has nowhere to go but here:

"There's two 90-degree bends in it, so it gets clogged up and just blows out the manhole covers and it all comes in, so nothing we can really do," said resident Mark Goto.

Mark Goto had to leave work at the Waialae post office at mid morning to return home and deal with the flooding.

Other neighbors scrambled to get their possessions to dry ground.

"Not real good drainage so it's a bad scenario. We moved our cars, that was the biggest risk for us," said Jeremy Bennet.

The preschool building belonging to Calvary by the Sea Lutheran church was surrounded by flood water prompting the school to send all 55 students aged two to six home today.

In upper Aina Haina this city drainage ditch got full of weeds and rocks causing water to cascade down the hill and right into Daryl and Judy Whitfield's home overnight.

They shot photos of the rain water undermining the house and going right through a portion of their

"My mom's 87 years old, she's living back in our bungalow out in our back section and she started screaming that there was water coming in and by the time we could get her and everything out it was like two inches deep and it was raining into the roof," said Daryl Whitfield.

And in Kahala firefighters and volunteers cleaned up flooding at Hoaloha Kai Montessori school where rain water leaked in from the roof and seeped in from the floor early this morning.

"We've been having to use this room and it's been really cramped because it's such a tiny room and the water's been like seeping under the floors and it's really wet," said Ariya Majarone.

95 students here will have the day off tomorrow, when the school will close to assess the damage to this floor that was just installed about a year ago.

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