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Clean-up efforts begin after severe rains, floods

Clean-up efforts begin after severe rains, floods

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Heavy rains on Molokai over the weekend caused rivers to swell in residents’ yards.

“We just thought, We can’t save everything,” said Molokai resident Mahilani Bright-Wilhelm. “The main thing was that our dogs and we were out there safely.”

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For Kapakea’s residents, it was a race against heavy rains and floods to save their belongings.

“In about a minute or two, the water rose up to our knees and it started flushing everything down the river and into the backyard,” Bright-Wilhelm said.

Meanwhile, crews are busy on Kauai after three major power outages were reported Monday across the island.

“They’ve occurred on the south shore from the Poipu area down to Omao, Lawai and Kalahoe in Koki, and then on the north shore in the areas of Waianiha and Haena,” said Beth Amaro of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. “So, we have crews working to restore power to those areas.”

The National Weather Services said that these types of systems are not uncommon, but it is rare that such amounts of rain fall in the state’s windward direction.

“We saw more than 20 inches of rain over parts of eastern Maui and on Molokai, but what really stands out the most are the downwind areas,” said Genki Kino of the National Weather Service. “They got anywhere from five to eight inches.”

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Clean-up efforts are underway in some parts of the state. Residents who experienced weather-related property damage are asked to report it with their respective county.

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