National Guard delivers 55,000 pounds of ice to Big IslandUPDATED 7:40 PM HST Aug 13, 2014Video Transcript
Waiting for supplies, rationing their own, and getting help from the ground and air. As KITV4's Lara Yamada shows us -- nearly a week after Iselle hit -- storm-battered residents are finding their own ways to STAY COOL... ...as crews bring in the "big boys" to beef-up support. MUST BURN IN CREDIT FOR BI VIDEO NEWS: "Courtesy: Dave Corrigan" MUST BURN IN CREDIT NAT GUARD: "Courtesy: National Guard" 10:06:02-04 We're luckier than a lot because we still have water. But with sporatic waves of relief, Big Island residents are mobilizing luck and ingenuity -- especially when it comes to their must-have list. 10:06:07-12 In the paper it said this morning they're going to stop with the ice distribution and a lot of people don't have water either. "We used zip-lock gallon freezer bags, filled it with water, and layered the bottom of our freezer. Better than plastic bottles. " On The"PunaWeb" blog: That's what Kathy did to get by. Here's Carry's idea: "The 'bladder' of a wine box makes a good shower, especially the ones with a rubber stopper." NATS: @ 9:54:58 Guard Video Call it "Operation Chill." That's helping too. Check out the load on this C- 17. The Hawaii Air National Guard's 204th Airlift Squadron -- loading up 55,000 pounds of ice and 35,000 pounds of other equipment Tuesday night -- headed to the Big Island. NATS: @ 9:55:58 Guard Video 10:06:17-22 I lucked out. I got to Longs when the ice guy truck showed up. It's getting there. The mess, the distance, the lack of power -- still big challenges. In the meantime, Terracore offering this tip: "Look to see if the freezer is so crammed with stuff, that it's blocking the vents, keeping cool air from reaching the fridge." 10:06:26-28 You find ice at the community center? Yeah? In Pahoa Yes. Help from others -- helping themselves. Residents like Kathy -- even making room for reflection. "A big battery charged our kitchen lights for a week. We're done with candles. A year ago during a storm, a candle knocked over, burned our house down, and two families almost died." Tough lesson... learned.