Flash flood runs through Mililani homes after heavy downpour

Red dirt colored water floods a Mililani neighborhood
Published: Aug. 26, 2015 at 4:03 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 26, 2015 at 8:36 AM HST
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MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A river of mud ran through Oahu homes Tuesday night after heavy downpour.

A major cleanup was conducted on Kiapaakai Place and Waileia Place after a torrent of reddish-brown runoff swamped a Mililani neighborhood.

Residents say the muddy water came from nearby agriculture fields and it didn't take much rain to trigger the flash flood.

The downpour that caused the mess only lasted about 10 minutes. But the resulting floods lasted two hours and the cleanup will take a lot longer than that.

Residents say the entire cul-de-sac was completely flooded and cars could not drive in and out. Before police officers, firefighters, and City and County crews arrived, neighbors rallied together in boots and shovels in hand and tried to divert the river as materials and plants from one resident's yard were swept down the road.

"It was nothing we'd ever seen before," Melanie Fry said.

"And then all of a sudden it just grew into a really heavy rapid stream and it didn't stop for about two hours or so...potted plants, planks of plywood that they had, and sheet metal, it was just all going down that street there…no cars could come around, it was just taking over the entire road," said Fry.

Over on a nearby street on Waileia Place, more homes were damaged. Long-time residents of the area say this is the fourth or fifth time this has happened to them. But they said this is the worst it has ever been.

Residents hope the landowner of the property takes responsibility for the damage done to the homes but they're also left wondering what will happen the next time there is heavy rain.

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