Mayor Michael Victorino returned to the site of yesterday’s flooding in Haiku to meet with officials from the State Department of Land & Natural Resources and to assess damage. Some surveys were delayed because ongoing poor weather conditions, downed trees and debris that blocked vehicle access.
“When you see flood damage in the light of day, it’s a reminder of the sheer power of fast-moving water, said Mayor Victorino. “We are so fortunate there were no reported deaths or injuries. I want to publicly thank our first responders who did heroic work under very dangerous conditions.”
The Department of Public Works reports that a portion of Awalau Road in Haiku was washed away, and debris buildup at a nearby bridge continues to block access. Awalau Road remained closed Tuesday. There is no immediate estimate on when flood waters will recede so the road can reopen. Kaupakalua Bridge at Ulumalu Road was still covered with mud and debris, but passable as of Tuesday afternoon. Five culverts on Kaupakalua Road are still clogged with flood-related rubble.
At least half a dozen homes were heavily damaged or destroyed according to early reports, but a more detailed assessment is pending.
On Hana Highway in Kipahulu, the roads are covered with mud and debris, but still passable for motorists. In Kahului, pumps were deployed to remove flood waters in near Aleo Place and Holua Drive.
The County of Maui has asked residents who evacuated their homes on Monday are asked to stay away from the area until there is an “all clear” announcement. The National Weather Service extended a flash flood watch through 6 a.m. Wednesday. The evacuation remains in effect for residents in the vicinity and downstream of Kaupakalua Dam.
Everyone is advised to stay off roads in the Haiku area and to exercise extreme caution due to debris and potential landslides.
Please report of downed electricity lines to Hawaiian Electric’s trouble line at 871-7777.
To report any storm-related damage, go to the County of Maui home page at mauicounty.gov and fill out a damage report form. Or, call the Maui Emergency Management Agency at 270-7285.
The only Maui County parks that remain closed are Baldwin Beach Park and Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens in Iao Valley. Both parks will be reassessed Wednesday morning to determine if they can reopen.
For emergency information, contact the Maui Emergency Management Agency at (808) 270-7285.