Some Big Island residents clean up after the storm

Published On: Dec 31 2013 08:04:46 PM HST
HILO, Hawaii -

Many Big Island residents spent their New Year's Eve cleaning up after Monday's storm that blew a roof off one home and sent muddy water pouring into another.

Click here to watch Paula Akana's report.

The heavy equipment was out on Hoopuni Street where strong winds tore off part of a roof of a single-family home sending sections of it flying into several neighbors' lots.

Leaving behind a gaping 30-by-30-foot hole in the home, roofing was turn right from the beams.

Fire crews say two people were home -- one sustained minor injuries.

Raymond Kawamoto watched as the heavy equipment broke up the debris as the truck waited to clear it all away.

"It was raining.  No wind.  And all of a sudden the roof came down," said Kawamoto.  "It doesn't happen in Hawaii, but it did!"

Helen Clarin lives on the street behind and says she heard a loud noise and saw the debris.

"And then I look behind and then they come off the shed.  Top when come off and then my neighbor told me that other house come off the roof!" said Clarin.

At the intersection of West Palai Street and Kanoelehua Street, Troy Haspe and his family were cleaning up the flood waters that entered their home.  Haspe says a flood control canal above their home plugged with debris, sent the waters down onto his property along with tree branches and debris.

"We called Civil Defense.  We had some public work, County Public Works guys come by and bring some sand bags and it helped.  Kind of tried to dam it up and try to divert the water, yeah?" said Haspe.  "But you can't stop that kind of stuff."

At East Kawailani Street, traffic was being diverted around several tree trunks that blocked part of the road.  The trees came down from the heavy rains that flooded parts of East Hawaii.

Damage to that home at Hoopuni Street at Iloko Street was estimated at $80,000.  The American Red Cross is assisting the family of four with temporary housing, food and clothing.

PHOTOS: Big Island storm - Dec. 30, 2013

Click here to see more photos from the Dec. 30 storm.


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