Kepaniwai Park Closed Due to Flooding

March 2, 2020, 4:01 PM HST · Updated March 2, 6:09 PM
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    Update:  (5:27 p.m., March 2, 2020) 
    Kepaniwai Park closed due to flooding

    The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation announced the closure of Kepaniwai Park due to flooding and unsafe conditions. Department of Public Works staff are clearing drainage areas along the roadway and taking other safety precautions. Public Works staff will continue cleanup efforts Tuesday morning, while DPR staff assess park conditions. The department apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause the community.

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    The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for the island of Maui until 5:45 p.m. HST on Monday, March 2, 2020.

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    At 2:42 p.m. HST, radar indicated heavy rain near Waiheʻe. Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

    Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to: Kapalua, Honokōhau, Kahakuloa, Wailuku, Waiheʻe and Waiehu.

    The NWS advises the public to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding.

    Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action. “Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle, or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown,” the NWS reminds the public.

    ʻĪao flooding. (3.2.20) PC: Lani Eckart-Dodd

    ʻĪao flooding. (3.2.20) PC: Lani Eckart-Dodd

    ʻĪao flooding. (3.2.20) PC: Lani Eckart-Dodd

    ʻĪao flooding. (3.2.20) PC: Lani Eckart-Dodd

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