Sinkhole in Paauilo swallows pickup truck

Published On: Dec 30 2013 02:00:00 PM HST
HILO, Hawaii -

The director of the Hawai'i County Civil Defense says Monday's storm over the Big Island was some of the heaviest rain he's seen on the eastern side of the island in a long time.

Click here to watch Paula Akana's report.

Darryl Oliveira says the heavy rain started early Monday and didn't let up until around 10:30 or 11 a.m.  A flash flood warning was posted for the island until noon.

"It was spread out from Honoka'a to parts of Puna.  Pretty widespread windward side," said Oliveira.  "Definitely Highway 19, being the major thoroughfare for that area from Hilo out to Waimea was a big problem because of multiple landslides, a lot of debris, a lot of different areas of runoff."

VIDEO: Truck in Paauilo sinkhole

In Paauilo Mauka on Pohakea Mauka Road, a pickup truck was swallowed by a sinkhole.  The woman in the truck climbed out and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

"The truck was actually below road level completely hidden so it was a pretty substantial collapse in the road and fortunately, the driver wasn't hurt seriously," said Oliveira.

Civil Defense received many requests for sand bag assistance from residents and one business.  No evacuations or shelters were needed.  Officials also had reports of water entering basements.

PHOTOS: Big Island storm - Dec. 30, 2013

Click here to see more photos from the storm on Dec. 30.


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