Kapoho residents digging out of Iselle aftermathUPDATED 11:00 PM HST Aug 12, 2014Video Transcript
the damage-- as thousands of people work to dig out of the aftermath from Hurricane Iselle. Today-- our crews described the Kapoha area as the WORST they've seen so far. KITV4's Cam Tran gives us an up-close look.... This is our TOP STORY at 10- 30. PKG: Nats of water The waves along the Kapoho water front are much calmer now.... but everywhere you look, it's devastation as far as the eye can see. Sot52:42. Scary very scary, I've never been in a hurricane before. Before it weakened into a tropical Storm, Iselle brought pounding waves and strong storm surge damaging these Kapoho oceanfront homes. Hartley Phillip rode out the storm, never did he wake up imagining to see this. Hart Phillips, Home Damaged by Iselle 45;:45 we have five houses here and only one unscathed this one whas the most damage here, wer'e standing in the foundation. Our house over there, used to be a nad it floated over the aerobic septic system the thing that has a big splinter in it.. laughs In:34:10 it got hit hard down here.. The powerful surf damaged Barbara's McDaniels next door neighbors house. Barbara McDaniel, Vacationland resident 34:19 the big lava rocks came and just tore that house apart except for one sliding glass door in the front which is amazing. The surf took off the roof and walls of the back bedroom leaving it open to the elements . This subdivision is called vacationland,but today it looks like everything but. Mars Hollman, Vacationland In: 18;49 houses knocked their foundation, stairs blocks away, propane tanks, there's a tunnel of trees, that's on the tide pools are now on the road, the lines down 19:05 Despite the destruction, Phillips was able to find a diamond in the rough Sot 55:31 I don't think she kept that stuff from over here, it came from somewhere else. Reporting from Kapoho, Cam Tran, KITV 4 News. More images all new tonight Josiah Hunt lives in lower Puna he sent us these pictures from the area around Kapoho and Vacationland. He drove through, looking for friends, and hoping to document the destruction - the culprit here? Storm surge, residents telling him it was 5 feet above high tide, rushing in and bringing lots of debris with it. Hunt says people are overwhelmed... IT'S GETTING TOUGH. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LIVING WITHOUT BASIC NECESSITIES FOR A WHILE NOW, AND NOW I THINK PEOPLE ARE REALLY TIRED. AND NOW I THINK IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR ANY AND ALL SUPPORT THAT WE CAN GET. YOU KNOW, IF PEOPLE WANT TO HELP PUNA, COME DOWN HERE WITH SOME HOT FOOD, SOME COLD BEVERAGES AND A SHARP CHAINSAW. Hunt tells KITV community members are coming together to get one-another back on their feet, but says they still need lots of outside help.