- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) - Residents of a homeless encampment on Oahu are working to rebuild after severe weather over the weekend damaged their shelters.

Wind gusts reached up to 67 mph on Saturday night in Puuhonua O Waianae Village on the western part of the island. The winds brought down trees, fencing and several plastic tarp shelters at the encampment, Hawaii News Now reported (https://bit.ly/2jg6iw9 ).

“Part of my bedroom fell, the donation tent went, and a couple of the residents’ tents went down to the ground,” said village leader Twinkle Borge, who has lived at the camp for 10 years. “We can manage with the rain, but never ever went through something like this with the winds.”

The Waianae village is home to roughly 200 adults and children and about 150 animals.

Members of the nearby community have been helping the camp’s residents clean up the damage and put their homes back together.

“Our community is beautiful,” Borge said. “You put a shout out and they will come. We’ll keep moving down the line to see who else needs help.”

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Information from: KGMB-TV, https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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