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State of Emergency Declared as Heavy Rains Pummel Hawaiian Islands

March 10, 2021, 5:11 AM HST
* Updated March 10, 5:12 AM
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Kaupakalua flood (3.8.21) PC: courtesy Sylvia Cenzano.

Governor David Ige on Tuesday evening signed an emergency declaration for the entire state as heavy rains resulted in flooding and landslides. There were also fears of dam failure, prompting evacuations in Haʻikū on Maui on Monday and Haleʻiwa on Oʻahu on Tuesday.

In Maui County, heavy rains completely washed out the Peʻahi Bridge on Peʻahi Road, and displaced the Kaupakalua Bridge on Kaupakalua Road, making the roads impassable. There is also damage to other roads and bridges on the Valley Isle.  

Across the state, saturated ground conditions and increased water levels in reservoirs have increased the risk of erosion, seepage, piping and fear of dam failure.

The emergency declaration covers the counties of Hawai‘i, Maui, Kalawao, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i. It gives the governor the authority to spend state funds as appropriated to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors in the State of Hawai‘i.

The declaration supports the state’s efforts to provide quick and efficient relief of suffering, damage, and losses caused by flooding and other effects of the heavy rains.

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The disaster emergency relief period continues through May 8, 2021.

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