East Honolulu residents still bogged down by mud ask: Where's the government?

East Honolulu residents still bogged down by mud ask: Where's the government?
Updated: Apr. 18, 2018 at 6:34 PM HST
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KULIOUOU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In East Honolulu, mounds of bulky trash, furniture and debris pile up as people clean out their flooded homes.

Five days after the flood, some Kuliouou homes are still filled with mud as restoration crews dig out mounds of muck.

"When we came down here, we couldn't believe how bad this side was," said resident Didi Robello who lives on Wakine Place. Robello is helping his elderly neighbors who are paralyzed by the enormity of the clean up.

He has a message for the government, which he says has been absent on his street.

"Come assess everything that's over here and help these people out," Robello said.  "A lot of them are elderly and they can't do it."

The day after Friday's historic flood, the community used its own heavy equipment and manpower to make the street drivable.

"We all pulled together and started scrapping the mud out," he said. "It's come loose here. I don't know how they're going to clean this up, but it's a mess," said Robello.

The nearby Kuliouou stream bed is filled with massive concrete chunks, and residents say the stream has flooded before and can't handle another heavy rain.

"It's a lot of work and a lot of clean up, but we just got to take it one day at a time," said resident Ryan Akee who dumped loads of carpet in a dumpster provided by the city at the Hawaii Kai Park and Ride.

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