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Family on Maui had to evacuate after Sunday's heavy rain and strong winds

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WAILUKU, Hawaii -

Kepa Hewahewa knew it was time to get out. Water from the Waihee River was coming fast their way Sunday.

"When we were looking out the window at our house and we see the river start to come over on the road and that's the only way out of our house and the river is all on the road by then, so by the time we made that decision, unfortunately that road was covered with water and debris so we couldn't get out with our cars," Hewahewa said. 

With one way out blocked, they made a move on foot.

"I had my two other kids, we just threw them on our backs and we had to get through some pretty thick brush," Hewahewa said. 

Hewahewa, his wife and two of their three kids made it safely to Wailuku to spend the night with family.

Their other child was on Oahu for soccer.

The downpour and strong winds caused more trouble and destruction throughout Central Maui.

Rain gauges scattered around the island recorded between three and five inches of rain in 24 hours.

Rising waters forced the closure of a part of Kahekili Highway and drivers were told to avoid Iao Valley Road, Kahikili Road and other stretches.

Maui County officials say those roads have since reopened.

On Monday, it was all about the clean up.

Hewahewa says the water went right under their car and house but damaged other parts of his property.

A few pigs and a goat are still missing but their dog survived.

He says he's happy the family got out when they did.
"We had a couple times where it was a close call but today was just more than a close call. It could have been a different story if we stayed back you know,"Hewahewa said.