Water main break floods homes in KailuaUPDATED 10:28 PM HST Mar 06, 2014Video Transcript
That's what a number of Kailua residents were faced with tonight after a water-main break. Good evening, I'm Yunji de Nies.. It happened on Kailua road -- just makai of Kainalu drive this evening. KITV4's Brenton Awa has our top story tonight. It's a flood that came out of no-where ... and took these Kailua residents by surprise -- soaking their homes -- and drenching their yards. 435 - ALI "WE'VE BEEN STRUGGLING AND NOW LOOK, IT'S ALL OVER. I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO NOW." 1409 - RICK "JUST LIKE MAJOR ANXIETY LIKE NOT AGAIN YOU KNOW, WHO WOULDN'T THINK OTHERWISE RIGHT." Under this puddle and below Kailua road -- lies a busted 10-inch water-main that was put in back in 1944. It finally let go -- 70 years later. And residents who saw it burst -- knew they needed to get to work to save their properties. 414 - ALI "RAN ACROSS THE STREET, ASKED IF THEY NEEDED HELP, AND LOOK AT WHAT WE GOT, NOTHING, THIS IS IT." This property with a pool -- looked -- well -- more like a pool. And from the street -- this home looked like it was built on Kailua beach with waves of sand covering its driveway. 940 - TIM "WELL MY SON HEARD SOMETHING AND THEN HE LOOKED AND THE WATER COMES RUSHING THROUGH THE DOOR AND WE LOOKED OUT IN THE FRONT YARD AND THERES 5-6 INCHES OF WATER RUNNING THROUGH THE DRIVEWAY AND THE HOUSE WAS FLOODED JUST LIKE THAT." Rick McMahon just finished rebuilding his house following another water-main break here two years ago... To not suffer the same fate -- he and firefighters built barricades to divert the flow. 1522 - RICK "AS YOUR WALKING THROUGH IT, WE'RE SHIN DEEP IN THE WATER ON KAILUA ROAD. YOU KIND OF HAD TO FIGHT A LITTLE BIT YOU KNOW." While this fight might look like a mess ... It could've been worse. 1442 - RICK "MY WHOLE YARD WAS FLOODED AND WE GOT SAND BUILT UP AROUND THE BUILDING AND THAT KEPT IT FROM GOING IN AND WE JUST FIGURED THAT MAYBE LUCK IS ON OUR SIDE THIS TIME." We're told over a dozen properties were affected by the flood -- one of those sustained significant water damage. About 40 homes are without water service at this time but the board of water supply does have a water wagon in the area. Repair work is expected to continue overnight and that portion of kailua road will remain closed.