Big Island residents try to survive without some essentialsUPDATED 7:23 PM HST Aug 11, 2014Video Transcript
The power's still out for some people on the Big Island.. And they're quickly realizing how much they miss things like water.. Ice, and a place to charge up their phone. We want to get you to the Big Island tonight ... KITV4's Cam Tran shows us, there's still a lot of recovery to go.. The clean up still continues out here. And for some folks, it is a slow process of getting back to normal. This is a house on Paradise Drive in Hawaiian Paradise Park one of the communities hit hard by Iselle a Several trees fell on this home leaving this big gaping hole. Mind you a family of three was sleeping in this house the night Iselle hit-the only thing that saved them: They were sleeping in this back room right here the room furthest away from the damage: The family of three which included a young child were able to get out without any injuries. However, the house you can see has substantial damage. The homeowner says there were four albizia trees fell on the house crushing the roof. Despite all the damage the homeowner says he's lucky no one is hurt. Today, HELCO opened up this recharge station to allow residents who have been without power for days now a chance to recharge their electricity and recharge themselves. The county gave away ice, water and snacks to affected residents. These sound simple basic necessities for us, but for thousands in lower puna, these items are precious commodities. ALBERTO VELAZQUEZ, HAWAIIAN BEACHES 21:40 STARTING TO FEEL KINDA CIVILIZED, WE'VE BEEN SPENDING THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS CLEARING THE TREE THAT FELL ON OUR BACKYARD 21;48 KUKANA MUNDAY, HAWAIIAN BEACHES 34:29 WELL I TELL YA I DON'T THINK I'VE HAD THESE KIND OF TINGS FOR A LONG TIME, WE'VE BEEN EATING MEAT THAT IS KINDA OF BORDERLINE OUT OF THE FREEZER 24:44 OH BOY IT'S BEEN WITHOUT SO SO POWER IS THE BIGGEST, OUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN PUNA IS ALBIZIA TREES. HELCO, there are still 8,100 customers without power tonight on the Big Island.. They have brought though crews in from Oahu and Califronia about a dozen crews to work on these downlines. Iselle damaged 150 homes, 4 businesses and more than 100 telephone and power poles across the state.