Multiple Buildings in Maui Flooded, Roads Closed Due to Landslides, Brown Water Advisory Issued for Entire Island

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Living Way Church in Wailuku, Hawaii flooded Photo courtesy of Aaron Najera
Living Way Church in Wailuku, Hawaii flooded
Photo courtesy of Aaron Najera

The skies may be turning blue in Hawaii’s second most eastern island of Maui, but residents are still in the early stages of battling flash floods and excessive water runoff spurred by hours of heavy rainfall.

According to video published by Aaron Najera, portions of the community of Wailuku were particularly distressed, as images of Living Way Church Maui is shown flooded.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flash flood warning for the northern portion of Maui, while the southern region of the island remains under a flash flood watch.

In a statement released at 2:22 p.m. HST, on Saturday, December 31, 2016, the weather service stated, “radar data show that rainfall has diminished in coverage, though isolated downpours with rain rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are still occurring over windward Maui… Additional heavy showers may also redevelop over windward slopes.”

Locations in the warning include but are not limited to: Kahului, Pauwela, Honokohau, Huelo, Nahiku, Makawao, Paia, Puunene, Waiehu, Haliimaile, Pukalani and Wailuku.

The Hawaii Department of Health Issued the following statement:

“A Brown Water Advisory is being issued for the island of Maui due to heavy rains. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Not all waters may be affected, however if the water is brown stay out and continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow up with your primary care physician if you have any health concerns.”

The Hana Highway remains closed between mile markers 2 and 16, and streams continue to run high with runoff.

Yesterday, the Hana Highway was closed due to landslides.

State Senator J. Kalani English stated, “Authorities will not work on clearing until tomorrow because of extreme danger of further landslides. Everyone be careful!”

“A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring in streams, roads, and low lying areas. Move to higher ground now,” stated the National Weather Service, adding, “Do not cross fast flowing water in your vehicle, or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown.

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