(ABOVE VIDEO) Thursday’s Civil Defense message with video, maps, and photos posted by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Wednesday evening.
PUNA, Hawaii – Lava is a mere three tenths of a mile from entering Kaohe Homesteads, reports Hawaii County Civil Defense. An evacuation has not yet been ordered for residents of Kaohe but that could change at any time. Civil Defense personnel will be conducting door to door surveys and notification in the subdivision starting today.
Road work to establish alternate access in the event Highway 130 is affected by the lava flow will begin today. The county says it will start construction on Railroad Avenue and Government Beach Road between Hawaiian Beaches and Hawaiian Paradise Park.
This Hawaii County Civil Defense message was issued at 10 a.m.
The current assessment shows the surface lava flow has shifted towards the east and is moving in an east/northeast direction. The surface flow has advanced approximately 300 yards since yesterday. Presently the leading edge of the surface flow is located approximately 0.3 miles from the northwest or upper corner of the Wao Kele Forest Reserve and Kaohe homesteads boundary. Currently the flow does not pose and immediate threat to area communities however residents of the Kaohe Subdivision are advised to monitor the local radio broadcasts for further updates and for possible evacuation instructions if conditions change. Residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary. Personnel of the Civil Defense Office will be conducting door to door surveys and notification in the Kaohe Homesteads starting today.
Residents in the subdivisions of Hawaiian Beaches and Hawaiian Paradise Park are advised that construction activities on the Railroad Avenue and Government Beach Road will be starting today and running continuously through the weekend and next week. These activities are to establish alternate road access in the event Highway 130 is affected by the lava flow.
The public is reminded that the flow cannot be accessed and is not visible from any public areas. Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision will be restricted and limited to subdivision residents only. Hawaii County Civil Defense message, Sept. 11
Another community meeting on the lava flow is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria. There will also be a “Lava Flow Informational Fair” this weekend, according to the county:
A Lava Flow Informational Fair will be held on Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Pāhoa High School Cafeteria.
Representatives from public agencies, private companies, and community groups will be on hand to answer questions about transportation, moving, storage, insurance, finances, legal matters, health care, and more.
For more information on the Lava Flow Informational Fair, call Hawai‘i County Civil Defense at (808) 935-0031.County of Hawaii media release