Wet weather causes problems around state on Sunday
HONOLULU - It's been a wet one on the Big Island with parts of the east side getting more than two feet of rain this weekend. The steady rain and downpours caused landslides, road closures and flooding in some areas, like Glenwood. Water was flowing over Rainbow Falls as well.
Fast rising water trapped a woman in a bus on the Big Island. Hawaii Island fire officials say a 72-year-old bus driver was trying to cross Highway 11 near Kawa Flats in Ka'u, when the bus stalled and trapped her inside. This happened just after midnight. Fire rescuers got her out safely. The county had closed this highway right around that time because of those flood waters.
On Oahu, heavy rains caused another mud slide on the Pali Highway that closed a Kailua-bound lane.
Because of the heavy rain, the city opened up the Department of Emergency Management to prepare for any weather related emergencies. The director for the department says because the flood watch is extended until Monday afternoon, there is still a possibility of flooding on Oahu. One area the city will continue to monitor is roads.
Saturday night, there was some flooding on parts of the H-1.
Officials say the water levels at the Wahiawa Reservoir have also risen so they will continue to monitor it closely. Although they haven't seen any major flooding on Oahu, they say because the rain has been so steady, there is a potential.
Emergency Management is asking residents in flood prone areas to make sure they are prepared in the event conditions worsen. They also want to stress: if you see water on the roads, turn around, don't drown.
The Hawaii Wing Civil Air Patrol is standing by to support emergency management agencies. Members of this all-volunteer Air Force auxiliary across the island chain are participating. There are currently squadrons in Kona, Hilo, Maui, Honolulu, and Kauai ready to go, if the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) requests help.
On Maui, bad weather's closed a major road. The county says Piilani Highway in Kipahulu is completely closed between mile marker 35 and 38. That's close to where the road meets Hana Highway. By around 11 a.m., the county says roadway was not passable due to the storm.