Hawaii Declares Emergency Amid Severe Flooding

A house on Haleiwa Road is surrounded by floodwaters Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Torrential rains have inundated parts of Hawaii for the past several days. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

A house on Haleiwa Road is surrounded by floodwaters Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Torrential rains have inundated parts of Hawaii for the past several days. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)


Heavy rain across Hawaii has caused flash floods and mudslides, in turn, forcing evacuations throughout the islands. Some residents, like Mark Alexander of Haiku, said this is the worst flooding they have seen in more than 25 years.

“This happened in like a matter of minutes,” he recounted. “Like it’s to my waist…it’s to my chest…next thing I see, ice box passing me.”

The National Weather Service reported more than 13 inches of rain fell in the Haiku area on Maui’s north coast. There are currently no reports of deaths or injuries, but officials said the flooding damaged bridges, roadways and destroyed several homes.

Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Tuesday to free up state funds to assist those impacted by the heavy rains and flooding on all islands.

 

Officials in the Hawaiian island of Maui issued evacuation orders on Tuesday after heavy rains caused a dam to be in danger of imminent failure. According to Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency on Monday, evacuation shelters on Maui have opened up at the Paia Community Center and Hana High School.

Authorities said water over-topped the Kaupakalua Reservoir and Dam, in turn, causing flood waters and residents to be trapped inside their homes. Due to the weather, all parks in the county have been closed.

The severe weather is expected to continue through Friday.

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