Hana drenched with rain; shelter opened

The Maui News

Multiple roads were closed and an emergency shelter was opened in Hana after heavy rains caused flash flooding Wednesday in East Maui, county officials said.

Hana Airport recorded 4 inches of rainfall and West Wailuaiki, 1.75 inches over the 24-hour period ending at 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. All of Maui’s other stations showed traces to no rainfall during the same period.

Radar showed heavy rainfall “nearly stationary” over the area between Nahiku and Kipahulu, the weather service said Wednesday afternoon. A flash-flood warning was extended to midnight for Kaupo, Kipahulu, Keanae, Nahiku and Hana at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The Fire Department reported flooding at Hana High & Elementary on Wednesday afternoon. A playground was filled with water about 2 feet deep and some water got into classrooms, said Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto. Firefighters helped pump out water and clean out drains clogged with debris. School workers were observed squeegeeing up water in the classrooms.

He reported heavy rain from about noon to 6 p.m. in Hana.

Ulaino Road, Haneoo Street, Waikoloa Road and Uakea Road were closed due to the flooding, county officials said. The Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at Hana High & Elementary School cafeteria.

For more information, call the Maui Emergency Management Agency at 270-7285.

An area of low pressure west of the islands was blamed for the unstable weather. The forecast for today for Maui is mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Winds should blow from the southeast at 15 mph. High temperatures are expected to range from 80 to 85 degrees with lows from 69 to 74 degrees.