(BIVN) – Hawai‘i is beginning the process of drying out, and getting ready for Monday’s re-openings.
The Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works is partnering with the American Red Cross and local CERT teams in order to conduct a damage assessment following the torrential rains generated by Hurricane Lane. County officials say you can help by reporting flood; please call 808-643-5555.
“Rain will continue through early next week so please be careful when travelling on the roads,” civil defense said in a Sunday messag. “Closures may occur without any notice.”
According to the forecast discussion posted just before 4 p.m. HST, the National Weather Service said:
Despite some briefly heavy showers over the Kona slopes this afternoon, have cancelled the Flash Flood Watch for all remaining areas this afternoon. We are transitioning from rain associated with Lane to a slightly unstable airmass in the wake of Lane to a trade wind pattern. The afternoon soundings continue to show high precipitable water (PW), but both Lihue and Hilo dropped just below 2 inches this afternoon. Anticipate a slow drop over the next day or two. The combination of high PW and a lack of a trade wind inversion will still lead to some briefly heavy showers, but the threat for wide spread flooding has diminished.
All Red Cross supported County evacuation centers have been closed.
Hawai‘i County Civil Defense says:
- All schools will be open tomorrow, including all public charter schools.
- All County Parks and facilities will be open tomorrow.
- All State Parks and facilities are open except the Wailoa Visitor’s Center.
- All DLNR outdoor recreation areas and reserves will remain closed for further assessment.
- State Highways reports all major roads are open; use caution on Highway 11 and 19 as each have a one lane closures and on-going repairs.
Kamehameha Schools campuses, preschools, community education programs and offices to open on Monday, Aug. 27 with the exception of KS Hilo preschool, which will be closed due to flooding. “Staff and families will receive a separate update on the status of reopening this site via school messenger,” Kamehameha Schools says. “All other KS preschool locations will resume on Monday.”
The University of Hawai’i at Hilo resumes regular hours Monday, August 27, 2018. Offices and off-campus locations will be open, and all classes and events return to its normal schedule.
The joint federal/state/county disaster recovery center (Pahoa Neighborhood Facility) assisting residents with the Kilauea eruption recovery is scheduled to reopen on Monday, August 27 after being closed since noon on Wednesday due to severe weather.
The U.S. Postal Service announced the following Hurricane Lane-related adjustments to its operations for Monday, Aug. 27:
- All post offices statewide except for the Pepeekeo Post Office (Big Island) will be open and providing mail delivery on Monday; mail will be picked up from blue USPS mail boxes
- The Pepeekeo Post Office will be closed on Monday due to water damage
- All post offices except for Pepeekeo will be opening their retail lobbies one hour earlier than usual on Monday, to accommodate expected increased demand.
“The Hawaii State Department of Health is advising the public to stay out of streams, coastal, and standing waters that are contaminated by storm water,” civil defense says. “Storm water may contain harmful micro-organisms from overflowing cesspools or septic tanks as well as animal waste washed into streams and storm drains.”
As of 4 p.m., the following secondary road closures are in effect, county officials say:
- Kaiulani Street (Reeds Island)
- Kamehameha Avenue, Ponahawai to Ironworks Bldg
- Laupahoehoe Point Road (local traffic only)
- Old Mamalahoa (Papaikou to Pepeekeo – one lane only)
- Pauahi Street Bridge
- South Point Road from Kamaoa Junction to South Point
- Waipio Valley Road (local traffic only)