Update 5 p.m.: Heavy rains shutdown roads, snarl traffic, affect bus service

Heavy rains Wednesday flooded highways, snarled traffic and shut down some county facilities.

Around 7:45 a.m., police said Hana Highway in the area of Kaupakalua Road and Twin Falls was affected by a landslide. Traffic in both directions has been affected. The county reported the road open at about 1:15 p.m.

Around 8 a.m., police reported that Kahekili Highway in the area of Mile Marker 7 was impassible due to flooding. A culvert is plugged and water is flowing over the road.

Other road closures include Puunene Avenue between Kamehameha and Wakea avenues, Hana Highway at the Dairy Road intersection and Aleo Place, the county said.

Flooding also has been reported on Holua Drive, Pala Circle, Lalo Street, Hukilike Street and Kamehameha and Lono Avenues.

Traffic signals are out at some intersections due to power outages. Motorists are urged to stay off the roads if possible.

Maui Bus service for all stops along Dairy Road and Kamehameha Avenue has been suspended due to flooding, the county reported at about 1:15 p.m.

All county recreational facilities including pools, gyms and fields are closed. Community centers remain open, the county said.

The Maui Interscholastic League reported that all games and matches were canceled Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has extended its flash flood warning for Maui until 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

This means that flooding is occurring or will develop quickly. A flash flood watch is in effect for Maui County until late Wednesday evening.

Around 8 a.m., radar indicted heavy rain over the windward slopes of Haleakala, affecting the area from Huelo to Hana to Kipahulu. Rainfall rates up to 2 inches per hour were occurring with the heaviest showers.

The county announced a series of closures:

* Waiehu Municiplal Golf Course. 5 inches of rain flooded the greens.

* Central Maui Landfill. Flooding damaged facility roads.

* Kanaha Park, due to flooding.

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