Maui shelter closes Friday

Published On: Feb 21 2013 11:30:31 PM HST
Updated On: Feb 22 2013 08:24:58 AM HST
WAILUKU, Hawaii -

American Red Cross volunteers closed up a shelter Friday morning for displaced Maui residents at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani, according to Maui County officials.

The shelter opened up Thursday night while Maui was in a flash flood warning for those who had to leave their homes due to flooding and to motorists who could not make it home due to the closed roads.

Two residents who were unable to return home spent part of the night at the shelter.

The Maui County Fire Department says weather-related calls began at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and the last engine returned at 9:15 p.m.  Crews from Makawao, Kula, Kahului, and Paia responded to various flooding calls during this time.

The following is a summary of incidents that occurred:

  • Responded to Kuhina Place in Makawao Ranch Acres where a residence was experiencing some flooding.  Fire crews utilized a floatation pump to remove water and also dug trenches to divert the water.
  • Responded to a call of flooding at 2905 Iolani Street.  A drainage grate just mauka of this residence had become clogged and was overflowing.  Firefighters dug debris out of the grate until it began to flow. County Public Works crew also assisted in clearing this drain.
  • Responded to Kealaloa/Hanamu Road for some stranded vehicles.  Arrived and found four vehicles stranded, no injuries.   High water on either side of them. Fire personnel escorted the vehicles down Kealaloa Road which was still passable.
  • Makawao's E-5 was assigned to the report of a cottage being washed away at 355 Kaluanui Road. E-5 responded and found that Makawao Avenue was impassable at Maliko Bridge due to water and debris coming over the bridge.  With E-5 unable to access the area, E-2 (Paia) was dispatched to 355 Kaluanui Rd. for the cottage that was swept away.  The cottage was unoccupied.  E-2 arrived to find that the cottage had completely washed away and was gone.   A residence at 365 Kaluanui Rd. was also being threatened with 5 occupants unable to evacuate.  Rescue 10 on scene evacuated 2 of the occupants as the water subsided but, the other 3 decided to stay at the home .  E-2 began evacuating homes in Maliko Gulch.  Eight homes were evacuated. No injuries reported.
  • Responded to Kaupea Street off of Makawao Avenue fora home being flooded.  Flooding was occurring on the side next to the house.  They were advised that they were in no immediate danger, but was also advised to stay away from the swift running water.  Realizing that it would be dangerous to drive away, they decided to wait out the storm.
  • Responded to Maliko Gulch ( Hana Highway) for 3 vehicles stranded due to flood waters -- all occupants out of the vehicles, accounted for, and safe.

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