Rain runoff is making driving to Kihei hazardous

Kealia Pond is full, primarily from recent rains, according to Tara M. Owens, coastal processes and hazards specialist with UH Sea Grant College Program. If North Kihei Road was not crowned for drainage purposes, it might be flooded too. She explained Monday that at any given time the water levels in the pond can be connected to rain and runoff, high tides or a combination of both, she said. Currently, the tides aren’t exceptionally high — the last higher high tides coming in late January with the super blue blood moon — “so I’d say the fullness of the pond at the moment is primarily related to all the rain we’ve just had,” Owens said. This photo was taken Friday.

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