Heavy rain continues in Maui County, causing severe flooding in several communities

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – From Palau to Halawa Valley, the south coast of Friendship Island has been inundated with rain, causing severe flooding that has made many roads impassable.

While the extreme flood warning has ended for the county of Maui, a flood watch is still in effect for many parts of the state.

“The current was so strong that it shook the truck we were in and it has four wheels,” said Molokai resident Shaye Lauifi.

Laufey had to leave Kaunakakai this morning to check on the fishponds he manages. He is familiar with working in rainy conditions, but today was different.

“It’s never been this bad before. But it rained in December. So, not even a month has passed. And all the rivers opened again.”

Many took the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s warning seriously – to stay home and limit travel due to these dangerous conditions.

“We really urge those who know that those valleys and those transport arteries that are usually flooded by this type of flood, to avoid passing through the flooded areas and to check on your neighbors if you notice the impact.” said Luke Myers of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HEMA).

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