On Friday August 24th the hawaii island (big island) got hit really bad with a record amount of rain, 52”, one of the biggest rain falls in years caused by hurricane Lane.
As many of you seen hilo town was under water and homes were destroyed by rivers. And one of those homes were my in-laws.
The water moved in so fast throughout their whole home and left it about 2 feet under water.
They had only minutes to evacuate.
As they were leaving roads were completely flooded out and were closing. The police at one of the blockades directed them to an alternate route which was the only open road out of the HPP area. My uncle picked up the kids from their house and took them to his house in Kaumana. They stayed back to grab whatever the would need immediately and were trying to go there too. They went up Ainaloa rd and to road 8, the alternate route. The car they were following started going backwards and towards them. The driver had his hand out the window telling them to go around him. There are no lights on this road and the rain was relentless. Visibility was very poor. My father in law accelerated to the left and forward to avoid being hit and got swept by a flash flood that turned their truck on its side and into the trees. The water continued to push the truck so that they did a complete 360. The truck is totaled but the main thing out of all of this is that they are alive.
Their house is a total loss and they will have to start from the bottom and build their way back up. The water in there house and yard mixed in w the cesspool and was very toxic. It was waste deep in their yard. The washer, dryer, both refrigerators, oven, their cabinets all filled with water and either shorted out or cannot be used. They were denied by FEMA on Wednesday and also by their home insurance today. For FEMA, the president has to declare our area a national disaster and they’re saying he didn’t. Though the flood was caused by the hurricane (hurricanes are covered on their policy) it was the flood that destroyed their home and floods are not covered under homeowners insurance.
I'm starting this because I wanna help them in anyway I can , they are seriously the most greatest people ever and they are always willing to help anyone at any time and they have the biggest hearts.
This time it's our turn to help
Any amount helps and even prayers .
Let's help the elaban family rebuild their home.
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