Moisture on the southern fringes of Jimena brought heavy rainfall throughout the state on Friday.
The rain caused traffic issues around the islands and officials closed or postponed events due to the weather.
The Dillingham Blvd. and Alakawa St. area experienced heavy ponding, and the rain caused Colburn Street in Kalihi to flood. Residents had to push out vehicles that got stuck in the water.
“Every time it rains, there’s a big puddle,” said resident Ryan Goodwin. “In the last four weeks, I pushed about 20 cars out. I pushed a BMW, a Mercedes, a Lexus, an Audi. Today was the first time pushing a taxi out with people in it. They were trying to get to the airport and now they’re stuck here.”
Closures and cancellations due to the rain:
- Honolulu Zoo was closed on Friday.
- The Manana swimming pool in Pearl City was closed Friday due to lightning.
- Waipio Soccer Complex and Central Oahu Regional Park are closed all weekend.
- Mililani High School’s homecoming parade was canceled.
- Get Ready Kailua Emergency Preparedness Town Fair scheduled for Saturday was canceled.
The Department of Emergency Management approved the emergency use of heavy machinery at the Kaelepulu Stream mouth in Kailua Beach Park, in order to relieve/remove debris and clear the built-up sandbar impeding free and unobstructed flow to the Pacific Ocean. A crew from the Department of Facility Maintenance was onsite with a large excavator to open the stream mouth above the high water mark.
There were also problems at Honolulu International Airport.
A viewer sent in a photo of water leaking between gates 26 to 34.
“It’s not flooding,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara. “There are some leaks at overseas terminal. Our maintenance crews are working on it. Fortunately, it’s not a major damage. It’s more drain pipes rather than roof, which is a good sign.”
The city says crews have been out all day responding to cleanup efforts. Luckily, there were no sewage spills today.
“There’s always new debris that gets lodged in our system. We have to make sure we’re clear. For that reason, our crews are out there responding,” said Ross Sasamura, director of the city Department of Facility Maintenance. “Certainly, during rainy weather we have our challenges. We have to be out there to make sure nothing goes wrong.”