It’s been another day of heavy showers for the islands and the worse is yet to come.
A flash flood watch is in effect for Oahu, Lanai, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii Island, and will last through Thursday afternoon.
“We’ve had reports of flooding in roadways, landslides in Huelo on Hana Highway,” said Anna Foust, emergency management officer for Maui Civil Defense. “We are continuing to monitor with partners to maintain situational awareness and talking with sheltering partners, should the need arise for sheltering.”
With heavy rain falling Monday on Maui and a flash flood warning in effect most of the day, residents were cautioned to avoid low lying areas and move to higher ground. Anna Foust with Maui County civil Defense, told KHON of multiple landslides and widespread flooding, “We’ve had reports of flooding in roadways, landslide in Huelo on Hana highway.”
Honoapiilani Highway at Kapoli Street in Maalaea was closed to Lahaina-bound traffic due to a landslide. The county told residents to avoid the area until crews are able to clear the road. Residents like Kris Baptist on Maui had been dealing with rain off and on all day Monday. “This is more than usual actually this is probably the most rain we’ve had this year I would say definitely for the central Maui area.”
Restaurant owner Aaron Placourakis saying that part of the island is seeing large amounts of rain. “I think in Lahaina was way worse than the south side and I wasn’t in Wailuku but I think they got the worst of it.”