Floodwaters flow in Maui Meadows

1.35 inches of rain fall in Kihei

A cloudburst that appeared to hover over Maui Meadows and Wailea Friday afternoon sent a woman speeding away from floodwaters headed toward her daughter’s home, which had “mud by the gallon” inside in the aftermath.

The National Weather Service had issued a flood advisory for Ulupalakua, Kula, Keokea, Kihei, Wailea and Makena on Friday afternoon through 5:30 p.m. Radar at 2:33 p.m. showed nearly stationary heavy rain near Wailea, falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

For the six-hour period ending at 7:45 p.m. Friday, the normally dry Kihei logged 1.35 inches, the most of any reporting station on the island. Over the 24-hour period, the Ulupalakua station logged about a half-inch of rain and Kula, about a quarter-inch.

Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains reported 1.15 inches in the 24-hour period.

The 5 p.m. radar showed heavy pockets of rain in South Maui and in the Olowalu area. Large dark clouds loomed but the rain was not distributed islandwide.

Dorreen Weimer had just returned home at about 6 p.m. from her sister’s house on Mapu Street in Maui Meadows, having helped suck up water and shoveling up “mud by the gallon” from the home.

She said her mother had just gone to the house, where she was planning to spend the night. Her mother had just parked the car “when she looked up and . . . it came.”

“The rain just came one time,” Weimer said. “Her car started moving.”

Her mother made it out safely to Weimer’s home in another part of Maui Meadows.

“Mom was really shaken,” Weimer said, adding that her home was undamaged.

Weimer said there was a flooding incident at her sister’s home 20 years ago and blamed people throwing rubbish in the gulch above the home. Lots of rubbish and “gallons of soap,” foamy material, rolled out of the gulch with the floodwaters.

“It came from the gulch with everybody’s stuff from above,” Weimer said.

The water and mud reached as high as the electric sockets in her sister’s home, she said.

The floodwaters left big tree stumps on the road, which county workers swept into a big pile, Weimer said.

“No more fire but now get floods,” she said.

“I’m glad everybody’s safe,” Weimer added.

There is a 40 percent chance of rain in the central valley today and tonight. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies in the morning then turning party sunny with scattered showers. High temperatures should range from 86 to 91 degrees with northeast winds of up to 15 mph.

The overnight low temperatures should range between 67 and 73 degrees.

The high temperature at Kahului Airport on Friday was 92 degrees.

A high surf advisory for south-facing shores of all islands was extended through 6 p.m. today. Waves of 5 to 8 feet are expected.

* Lee Imada can be reached at leeimada@mauinews.com.


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