East Oahu residents worried about streams after April historic flooding
AINA HAINA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - County crews are clearing out streams and ditches ahead of Olivia, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said on Monday.
"We are working very hard to clear our streams all around the island," said Caldwell. "We are out there again today, and we'll be out there tomorrow, because with this storm, whether it be a category one or a tropical storm, the projection is a lot of rain."
However, East Oahu residents who suffered from historic flooding back in April said they are still anxiously waiting for the city to clear a troublesome culvert.
Those who were affected said they can't afford another disaster, financially or psychologically.
"You can just see all the overgrowth and there's just been nothing done," Aina Haina resident Shauna Tuohy said. "This has already happened and what they just need to do is get on it, so it won't happen again."
On April 13th, the stream behind Tuohy's house off East Hind Drive overflowed its banks and water rushed into her home. She just finished repairs and is getting ready to move back in.
"We've been out of our house for the past five months. And with all these hurricanes, it's hurricane season, so we're just getting a little nervous with everything that's going on," said Tuohy.
The county did not say which streams have been cleared, but Tuohy and her neighbors said they haven't seen any crews yet.
"Nobody has come to clear out the streams and I've been calling numerous times. Especially when we had the (Hurricane) Lane situation come up and I started calling because we starting to all freak out," said Meymo Rego.
When asked what streams the county has cleared already and what streams are left to be cleared, Mayor Kirk Caldwell's staff said they would have an answer Tuesday morning.
This story will be updated.
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