Heavy rains destroyed or severely damaged 115 Hawaii homes

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Hawaii says last month’s record rains destroyed or did major damage to 115 homes on Kauai and Oahu islands.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday a preliminary assessment shows mid-April landslides and flooding affected 532 homes.

The totals are from a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment conducted by state, county and federal officials.

The cost of emergency work and damage to public property was pegged at more than $19.7 million.

The National Weather Service said preliminary data indicated the rains broke a national rainfall record.

A gauge in Waipa on Kauai’s north shore recorded nearly 50 inches (127 centimeters) of rain over a 24-hour period. If certified, the rain would break the current record of 43 inches (109 centimeters) hit in Texas in 1979.

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