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Heavy rains create flooding in Puna Saturday

Firefighters arrived on the scene due to flood waters threatening a home in Ainaloa Subdivision Saturday (Nov 14).

Firefighters protected a home from flood waters in Ainaloa Subdivision Saturday (Nov 14).

Rainwater cascades like a river down the driveway of a home in Ainaloa Subdivsion on Rainbow Drive Saturday (Nov 14). Photography by Baron Sekiya for Hawaii 24/7.

Rainwater cascades like a river down the driveway of a home in Ainaloa Subdivsion on Rainbow Drive Saturday (Nov 14). Photography by Baron Sekiya for Hawaii 24/7.

Firefighters along with the home's tenant, Rodney Chong, form a dike to channel water away from the walls of the Ainaloa Subdivision home.

Firefighters along with the home's tenant, Rodney Chong, form a dike to channel water away from the walls of the Ainaloa Subdivision home.

Photography and story by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Steady rains the past few days have saturated the ground in Puna causing flooding in low lying areas Saturday (Nov 14). Renter Rodney Chong found the run-off streaming straight down his driveway, across the garage floor with the water level rising to the threshold of the front door. Chong said the water washed a few feet into the home through the door.

Chong said he called the property manager, who is on the mainland, then called the fire department for help. Firefighters arrived quickly and filled trash bags with water creating a sandbag type barrier protecting the front door from the rising floodwaters. Firefighters and Chong used shovels and a pick to create a trench for the water to flow around the home and built-up two dikes with the debris washed onto the garage floor.

The Ainaloa Community Association brought sandbags and some heavier equipment to deal with the flood threat.

For up to date weather information see the Hawaii 24/7 Weather Page

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