(BIVN) – Police officers directed traffic outside the Leilani Estates subdivision after the sudden eruption of lava near Mohala Street Thursday, as residents under an order to evacuate shuttled in to grab what they could and shuttled out to seek refuge elsewhere.
The Pahoa Regional Community Center near the new Pahoa Regional Park as well as Keaau Community Center were opened for shelter. All residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions were required to evacuate.
UPDATE: The lava is flowing onto streets in the subdivision, which consists of about 770 structures, the office of Governor David Ige reported, adding that the evacuation order involves about 1,700 residents of Leilani Estates.
The county advised the evacuating residents evacuating to bring an emergency supply kit including necessary medicine, food, and “necessary items for your comfort if possible.” Many of the residents driving out on the subdivision appeared to be in it for the long haul, in some cases carrying with them refrigerators and, in one case, large potted plants.
The sound of the “hazmat” siren rang out in the neighborhood. Apparent assistance from the Hawaii National Guard rolled into Leilani to help with the evacuation.
The county closed the intersection at Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road to allow evacuation efforts to proceed.