Storm causes problems for Windward Oahu

Published On: Jul 20 2014 01:00:00 PM HST

Stormy weather gave thousands on Oahu's Windward side a rough night.

Streaks and flashes of lightning filled the sky Saturday night, giving many who were safely inside their homes an impressive show.

Click here to watch Paul Drewes' report.

Those caught in the downpours and thunderstorms, though, were not happy campers.

"As the night went on, the rain came down harder. Then the heavy rain hit, then lightning. Things got out of control around 1-1:30 this morning," said Marc Scott, a camper at Kahana Bay.
For Scott and his group, the deluge derailed a weekend of camping along the windward coast.
More than a foot of rain fell in just 12 hours, one of several places to see such prolonged and intense downpours.

"It was just crazy with the wind, so we evacuated this area and went up the road to Kaaawa and stayed in our cars," added Scott.
Others stayed by their cars because some sections of Kamehameha highway became impassable.

As the rivers and streams rose above flood stage, that excessive runoff ran down the mountainside.
The rushing water not only carried down debris, mud and rocks onto the main road, it also swamped a home along the highway in Punaluu.

"The water went up to about my knees and got this home all full of mud. It is literally chaos in here. The carpet was brown, now it's black," said Daniel Oseguera, a Punaluu resident.

Flooding also overflowed Oseguera's septic system.
A problem that occurred on a much larger scale on the windward side overnight.

According to the city, Kawa Stream overflowed its banks by 3-5 feet. That runoff then washed over the nearby Kaneohe Wastewater Pump Station. Some of the now-polluted runoff went into nearby streams.

Finally, just before the sun came out, the heavy rain ended and Windward Oahu got a chance to dry out.

Brown water advisories have been posted as a reminder to stay out of the ocean where the runoff is bad. Those coastal areas are where we could see the after-effects of the storm for a few more days.


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