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East Oahu residents are still dealing with the impact of historic rain five months after the flood


MARISA: TROPICAL STORMS ARE SOMETHING WE CAN PREPARE FOR — BUT THAT’S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE WITH HEAVY RAIN STORMS LIKE THE ONE BACK IN APRIL. KAUAI AND EAST OAHU RESIDENTS WERE CAUGHT OFF-GUARD. AND FIVE MONTHS LATER — MANY STILL HAVEN’T FULLY RECOVERED. JENN BONEZA RETURNED TO VISIT ONE FAMILY TO SEE HOW THEY’RE DOING AFTER THE FLOOD…JENN? WHEN I FIRST MET PETE AND SHAUNA APRIL 14TH, THEY WERE IN SHOCK. THEIR HOME AND YARD CAKED IN INCHES OF THICK, BROWN MUD. IT’S BEEN FIVE MONTHS SINCE THE FLOOD. BUT THE MEMORY OF WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT THEY CALL A LACK OF ACTION HAS THEM FEELING ANXIOUS AND FRUSTRATED. No one was expecting it. Rushing water turned Kalanianaole highway into a 13th flooding hundreds of homes in Aina Haina and Niu Valley. The next day. Residents like Shauna and Pete Tuohy were left sifting through the mud SHAUNA TUOHY, HOME FLOODED: it came up right to the second row books and stuff it was in my brothers room, my moms room, just everything kind of got caved in on each other. I’m trying to see what that is” that was then. I met with Pete Tuohy who showed me their newly renovated home. PETE TUOY, HOME FLOODED IN APRIL: “the hallway was a mess, you remember the hallway.” The water reacs d 41 inches outside their home and 29 inches inside the only piece of furniture salvaged, their grandmother’s piano. Everything else had to go JENN: “and you had flood insurance, but what did that cover?” PETE: “it covered only, it did not cover content it only covered structure, the wood, if the water touched the wood it covered and it covered refrigerator and the range and that was it..” JENN: ” it’s been five months since pete and shauna tuohy’s home flooded but everytime it rains they’re concerned that wailupe stream could overflow again.” JENN: “has it created anxiety?” PETE: “every time it rains it’s hard. ” pete tells me more needs to be done to prevent this from happening again PETE: ” the city says they maintain the stream 600 hundred yards up there from here that doesn’t look maintained..” PETE: “it’s all foliage. .” PETE: “it should be like this.” pete says the city used to run tractors up the canal. but he says hasn’t seen that in years. PETE: “if they drain the canal at the mouth. the problem isn’t there the problem is at the bridge.” PETE: “they all come and look at the canal. they all come and look at my yard. they all and nothing has happened since that time.” THE HISTORIC RAINS CAUSED MORE THAN 19 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO PUBLIC PROPERTY ALONE. 532 HOMES ON OAHU AND KAUAI WERE AFFECTED, WITH 115 OF THEM WITH MAJOR DAMAGE OR CONSIDERED COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE TUOHYS TELL ME THEY ARE HOPING TO MOVE HOME SOON BUT ARE RELUCTANT TO BECAUSE IT’S STILL HURRICANE SEASON. MARISA

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2 thoughts on “East Oahu residents are still dealing with the impact of historic rain five months after the flood

  1. If I were them I would be building a big concrete wall, waiting for the council to do anything you may as well just expect to be flooded again.

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