(BIVN) – Hawaii County Civil Defense delivered this Emergency Message for Tuesday evening at 7:45 p.m.
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms 2 new vents. Vent number 13 has opened near the intersection of Leilani Avenue and Kahukai Road and Vent number 14 near Kaupili St. and Leilani Avenue. Both have paused but continue to release hazardous gases. Since the onset of this eruption, a total of 14 fissures have emerged. The lava has covered 104 acres and 36 structures have been destroyed.
Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents will be allowed to check on their property from 7 AM to 6 PM each day until further notice. Follow the instructions of the authorities on scene. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Civil Defense has established the Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC) at the Sacred Hearts Church in Pāhoa, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Entry placard registration for residents wishing to retrieve personal items will be issued at RIAC throughout the week.
The County is taking care of all animals whose evacuated owners reported them left behind.
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Road Status Update:
Highway 130 is closed between Malama Street and Kamaili Road.
Pohoiki Road is closed from Highway 132 to Hinalo Street.
No access is allowed at this time for residents of Lanipuna Gardens due to dangerous volcanic gases.
Hawai‘i Electric Light reminds residents to treat all downed lines as live. Under no circumstances are you to approach or touch downed lines.
Water spigots installed near the entrance of Lava Tree State Park and a water tanker in Vacationland are still available for the public to access.
Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) are in effect. All aviation request are administered by the Fire Department.
United States Postal Service announced that evacuated residents can pick up their mail at the Pahoa Post Office.
The Hawai‘i County Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office have established a policy of zero tolerance towards looting or vandalism. Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism will be treated as a felony.
DOH is working on updating SO2 data reporting online. Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard: http:/ivhhn.org/vog.
Puna Geothermal Venture reports no activity at this time and the facility is secured. Precautionary measures are being taken to remove flammable materials offsite.
The residents of Leilani Estates are going through a very difficult time. We ask for your understanding. We ask for your help.
County, State and Federal partners continue to monitor the situation. You will be informed of any conditions that affect your safety.
Thank you for listening. Have a safe day. This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense.