Big surf on the North Shore brings damage from erosionUPDATED 7:04 PM HST Dec 26, 2013Video Transcript
been set for February. Because of big surf hitting Hawaii, there is a new struggle to keep properties on Oahu's North Shore from being swept into the ocean. KITV 4's Paul Drewes has more on the latest hazards from the huge waves. The big barrelling waves at Pipeline brought out a few brave boardriders to the water, while a crowd came to the beach to see this spectacular show by mother nature. For Fred Pattachia, whose Rocky Point home was hit by excessive erosion earlier this year, this latest Northwest swell also brought some relief. fred@38:55-39:05 "the large surf in winter brings back the sand that the houses along Rocky Point by Sunset Beach lose every year." Unfortunately, this swell brought in the sand from homeowners property just down the beach. The damage started in the middle of the night, as sand, soil and foundations crumbled into the sea. kenneth@43:00-43:10 "you heard the water crashing, the deck cracking and the jacuzzi sliding down." show picture After the sun came up, the Dombrowski's jacuzzi and decking had started to slide toward the ocean, as the erosion intensified. By the afternoon, you can see all the land that was underneath the deck is simply gone... Residents and neighbors had to pitch in to keep the huge pieces of the structure from tumbling into the ocean as well. 42:40-42:54 "i look over the side 25-30 ft down. In 10 hours. All of this disappeared. Now our house next door the foundation is going -- its pretty scary." Next door a neighbor's yard was gobbled up, and homeowners were forced to cut off their large deck sending it into the ocean to keep their house intact. james@47:30 "had to sac. Deck for it , keep pulling it back until it stops" As homeowners spent the day trying to save their property, lifeguards were busy trying to keep everyone safe on this big wave day. standup@30:35 "for beachgoers there are not only dangers from the sizeable surf, but also from this debris being washed down the coast" shayne @ 27:10-27:24 "another concern is all the debris with people walking on the beach. Nails and wood, we don't want anyone to step on anything and get hurt" PD kitv 4 news Lifeguards had to make a half dozen rescues in North Shore waters, while giving out over a thousand warnings to beachgoers. West shore beaches, which also saw the sizeable surf had nearly the same number of safety actions by lifeguards.