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Posted on: January 9, 2024

County officials assessing impacts of severe weather

County of Maui officials are assessing impacts of heavy rains and winds that have impacted Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi since last night.

 

  • At approximately 5 a.m. Jan. 9, 2024, a boat in the Kīhei area washed ashore. Maui Fire Department responded and notified U.S. Coast Guard and state Deptartment of Land and Natural Resources for assistance.
  • Flooding and hazardous conditions closed Baldwin Beach Park, Shiraishi Swimming Pool, Kalepolepo Beach Park, Wailuku Gymnasium and parts of Kanaha Beach Park.
  • Public Works crews addressed downed trees, particularly in the Upcountry area.
  • Days ahead of the forecasted weather, in chronic flooding areas - including Kīhei - Public Works personnel cleared drains and culverts in advance of potential of flooding.
  • County Public Works crews and state Department of Transportation highway crews worked to clear roadways on Maui and Molokaʻi.
  • Multiple road closures due to flooding occurred – updates on road closures can be found at www.mauicounty.gov/roadclosures.   
  • Ahead of forecasted adverse weather, Family Life Center personnel at the request of county officials informed houseless individuals during outreach efforts of incoming weather conditions and availability of space at Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center
  • On Molokaʻi, rains and winds were steady through the night and early morning with flooding in lowland areas causing rivers to overflow and impacting roadways.
  • In East Maui, roads were closed at Kīpahulu and Kaupō due to hazardous conditions including flooding.
  • No significant impacts were reported on Lānaʻi.

 

The county Emergency Operations Center remains in partial activation.

 

Drivers are asked to exercise caution and avoid streams, rivers, drainage ditches and culverts – even if they appear to be dry.

 

Residents can view weather updates from the National Weather Service in Honolulu at www.weather.gov/hfo. To sign up for Maui Emergency Management Agency alerts, go to www.mauicounty.gov/MEMA.

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