More flooding on Oahu from downpours

By Paul Drewes
Published On: Jan 29 2013 07:25:27 AM HST
Updated On: Jan 29 2013 07:30:45 AM HST

Sandbags were not enough to stop the runoff from the heavy rains. City crews called in to help were not able to clear the rising waters away.

HONOLULU -

Two days of downpours led to a soggy mess across Hawaii.

Monday night, families dealt with problems from flooding and mopped up the aftermath of a second round of rain.

Normally, the Kekua family has an ocean view from their Hauula home. But after two days of severe weather, their home is now a waterfront one.

"It was full of water. The water just settled where our house is located. We were trying to pump out the drains but it was not fast enough for the water that was coming down," said Lorna Kekua.

City crews were not able to prevent the rising waters from reaching the home, while sandbags couldn't stop the runoff from getting into the garage.

"We put everything on cinderblocks cause this always happens. You can look around and see everything is on cinderblocks, said Kekua.

The heavy rains sent dumped a lot of water on Windward Oahu. The runoff then carried down debris, like leaves, which blocked storm drains and led to further flooding.

Lorna and the rest of the Kekua family spent much of the night sweeping out water and cleaning up. It is something that has become a common occurrence each winter.

"When it gets rainy like this it will happen. Almost every year it happens," said Kekua.

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Up the street, Terry Cook had his pump going for hours at his house. He had to clear over six inches of water from his garage as well.

His Hauula home sits at a low point in the road, so when the latest storm started he was ready to react to the rains.

"We prepare as best as we can with sandbags, pumps and a lot of towels for mopping up," said Cook.

After the Cook home was fortified against flood waters, all the family could do was wait for the water to recede and keep an eye on the sky for more winter storms.

"When them big rains come, we take cover," said Cook.

In one day, the Hauula area received over five inches of rain.

Other Windward Oahu areas also had plenty of yards filled with water, while a few homes or buildings were flooded enough that emergency crews were called in to help.

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