After Olivia, power restored, damage assessments and repairs are ongoing
Working around the clock, Maui Electric crews have restored power to about 700 customers on Molokai’s East End and in Kaluakoi after the passage of Tropical Storm Olivia on Wednesday, the utility reported.
The electricity was back on around 11 p.m. Thursday, officials said.
About 400 East End customers lost power Wednesday when Olivia brought severe flooding to the area, MECO officials reported. The flooding delayed repair crews from making damage assessments and repairs in certain areas.
MECO crews responded to numerous power outages on Molokai, including outages on the west side and in Kalaupapa. And, after there was cleared access to the East End, crews worked on repairing several spans of downed power lines and damaged poles in the area Wednesday evening, the utility said.
Additional crews were flown in from Maui by helicopter on Thursday morning to speed assessments and repairs, officials said.
“As the crews made progress throughout the day, with the ground still saturated, more trees — including a large kiawe tree along Kamehameha V Highway — toppled and brought down additional poles and power lines,” MECO officials said.
Repairs involved removing downed trees, resetting new poles and restringing power lines in several different areas to restore power to the East End.
About 300 customers in the Kaluakoi area had power returned after damaged electrical equipment was repaired, officials said.
In other post-Olivia developments, Maui police reported that Lower Honoapiilani Road in Kahana was reopened to traffic at 5:20 p.m. Friday. Storm floodwaters damaged the road by toppling a culvert, Maui County officials said.
The state Department of Transportation reported that Highways Division personnel responded to about 30 separate flooding, debris removal, toppled trees and landslide/rockfall events on Maui, Molokai and Oahu between Tuesday and Thursday. However, no significant damage was reported.
The state’s six airports in Maui County — Kahului, Kapalua, Hana, Kalaupapa, Molokai at Hoolehua and Lanai — remained fully operational throughout the storm, department officials reported. Minimal damage was reported.
Bank of Hawaii announced it has initiated financial assistance programs to provide as much as $25,000 needed for emergency supplies and living essentials, home and vehicle repairs and forbearance or extensions of existing loans.
Emergency loan features include low interest rates, loans with no payments for the first three months, fast approvals and reduced payments for up to 60 months, the bank said.
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