(BIVN) – Media got an update from Hawaii County Civil Defense in Hilo on Monday, the day after a fast moving lava flow devastated parts of Leilani Estates.
“It took out approximately ten houses, at this point,” said Civil Defense administrator Talmadge Magno during the 3 p.m. press conference. “It may be more. It brings us to a total of 82 structures, which is 41 homes.”
Magno said there is a total of 246 people in the shelters.
When the lava flow broke out last night, Magno said police and fire personnel went door to door to get the people out. “Disturbingly, some people just refused to leave. It kind of gives us terrifying insight into what’s going on out there. We had one gentleman that had to be, kind of, rescued. His only way out was through his back door and through the forest.”
“We tell them they need to be prepared,” Magno said. “They need to know their escape routes.”
Magno also talked about upcoming community meetings, and the decision to allow residents to visit Pohoiki.