It’s been a long 24 hours for many residents on Oahu’s windward side. The overnight downpours caused many homes to flood, including one in Punaluu.
“It started to pour. And that’s kind of normal coming from here. But then it kept going and the lightning and the thunder. And next thing we knew, everything just kept getting flooded and flooded and flooded. And floating away. Even one of the cars had to be moved. Even coolers and everything were found down the street,” said Taliana Pasi.
Many of their belongings could not be salvaged and had to be thrown away.
“The terrible thing is that some of it was photographs and a lot of journals and books and research papers that can’t be replaced. And I was so torn when I saw my music binders,” Pasi said.
In light of this unfortunate incident, the family says there’s been an outpouring of support from the community.
“It’s been really nice to have the relatives and the church people come and help, as well as our neighbors. And so that’s really helped ’cause otherwise if it was just us and our mom, we’d probably still be outside trying to plan what we’re gonna do,” Pasi said.
Meanwhile in Kaaawa, another family spent the day cleaning up after eight inches of water flooded their living room, kitchen, and dining room.
“So we moved everything up, as much as we could, but it was trickling in from the sides of the house through the front door. It was just a matter of time before it was gonna come in. So we tried to get out as much as we could,” said resident Kanani Padeken.
With the possibility of more rain coming down, the Padeken family isn’t taking any chances.
“I think we’re not going to put anything back until we’re sure. So it’s just cleaning it so it’s safe to be in here, but probably not move anything back downstairs until we’re sure that it’s not gonna rain anymore,” Padeken said.
Back in Punaluu, another home was also hit with flooding.
“Mud, water. There was still plenty of water inside, so when I opened the door, water just kind of ran out,” said resident Danny Oseguera. “And then Red Cross called me this morning and they said they could do what they could to help us, which we really appreciate. That means a lot to us.”