Hawaii island residents fear more mudslides along Hamakua Coast


On Hawaii island, the Hamakua coast took a hit from hurricane-turned-tropical storm Lane.

Mud slides and debris are a familiar sight up and down the east side of Hawaii island.

Tropical Storm Olivia is adding even more stress for homeowners who are still cleaning up after Lane.

Heavy rain flooded Cody Andrade’s Mountain View home, causing more than $10,000 in damage.

This time around, Andrade requested sandbags from the county, but Hawaii County Civil Defense says it will only distribute sand bags when there’s active flooding.

Andrade built a wall to help divert flood waters, but says he is on the hunt for sand bags to keep his family safe.

“Be prepared, be safe, keep your family safe. At the end of the day, that’s the main thing,” he said. “Don’t wait til the last minute like I did. The last time, we could have died. The neighbor almost died. It’s very scary, very stressful.”

Hawaii County Civil Defense will open its Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning

“We’re watching it. Leave the worrying to us. Make sure you’re prepared and lessen the worry. Communicate with your family and friends and coworkers,” said civil defense administrator Talmadge Magno.

Magno says crews have cleared out canals and storm drains in the event of flooding.

But this time around, the county is afraid of wind damage, and is working with Hawaiian Electric to mitigate any potential problems.

In addition to our newscasts, KHON2 will air hourly updates on Tropical Storm Olivia on-air and online through the 11 p.m. update from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

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