Oahu residents start cleanup, repairs in storm aftermath

Published: Feb. 14, 2015 at 9:22 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 14, 2015 at 9:25 PM HST
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KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There's a large part of a rooftop that's nearly a hundred feet away from where it should be. It went airborne from a two-story residence on Okana Road in Kahaluu at about 4 a.m.

The portion of the roof flew over electrical lines and parked cars and landed on a greenhouse and a neighbor's fence.

"It sounded like the roof caved in, but we live on the bottom so we looked around and we were like, okay, nothing happened. But it was the upstairs roof that flew off, completely ripped off,  shingles, wood, everything," said resident Destiny Vivas.

Just a few houses down the road, the high winds took half the tin roof of a home and folded it back onto the other half. Fire crews tied the roof down so that it wouldn't fly any further into neighboring homes.

Fortunately, no one was home at the time, but now the residents may not have a home to return to. The wind and rain left extensive damage inside.

In Kailua, several homes had roof damage. At a home on Akahele Place, the winds completely ripped the garage away.

"The whole garage was gone. And the water heater was off and out on the fence, and we looked at our neighbors, and all of their garage and things were in the neighbor's yard," said Lynn Chang, the daughter-in-law of the residents.

The winds also took off a skylight and peeled the roofing off part of the home, which meant the Chang family wasn't just dealing with wind.

"It wasn't too bad until it started to rain," said Chang. "And now it's flooding inside."

Water dripped from multiple areas of the ceiling and into the kitchen, where the floor was submerged.

It was still raining when crews arrived to assess the damage. Contractor Chief Popa of Chief Builders said his phone hasn't stopped ringing.

"Oh, yeah, it's been ringing off since early this morning. Blown roofs and things being damaged out there, so I'm on the road today looking people's houses and just checking them out," said Popa.

Mother Nature left enough damage to keep Popa and others like him busy for the next several days.

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