The U.S. Sun, by Danielle Cinone: Hawaii’s Governor David Ige declared a state of emergency on Tuesday following heavy rains across the Aloha State.
The intense rainfall caused flooding, landslides, and fear of dam failure.
A news release from the governor’s office revealed at least two counties have been evacuated.
The advisory read: “In Maui County, heavy rains completely washed out the Peahi Bridge on Peahi Road, and displaced the Kaupakalua Bridge on Kaupakalua Road, making the roads impassable.
“There is also damage to other roads and bridges on the Valley Isle.
“Across the state, saturated ground conditions and increased water levels in reservoirs have increased the risk of erosion, seepage, piping, and fear of dam failure.”
Counties affected by the emergency declaration include Maui, Kalawao, O‘ahu, and Kaua‘i.
The disaster emergency relief period – which will run through May 8, 2021 –aims to provide quick relief to damages and losses caused by the heaving rains.
A reporter with ABC-affiliate KITV4 Island News tweeted heartbreaking footage of Hawaii early this morning.
“This is Haleiwa town. It’s nearly 4,000 residents were asked to evacuate,” Eddie Dowd tweeted alongside the shocking video.
The footages showed roads to be covered with muddy water, vehicles nearly submerged in the mud, floating debris, and downed trees.
Two photos shared by the reporter also showed two people standing waist deep in the muddy water near Laie.
Dowd noted that the high waters were seen in O’ahu’s North Shore.
In a Tuesday statement shared to Facebook, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said: “When you see flood damage in the light of day, it’s a reminder of the sheer power of fast-moving water.
“We are so fortunate there were no reported deaths or injuries. I want to publicly thank our first responders who did heroic work under very dangerous conditions.”
According to the mayor’s report, at least six homes were destroyed or severely damaged.
The statement added: “In Kahului, pumps were deployed to remove flood waters in near Aleo Place and Holua Drive. The County of Maui has asked residents who evacuated their homes on Monday are asked to stay away from the area until there is an ‘all clear’ announcement.”
“The National Weather Service extended a flash flood watch through 6 a.m. Wednesday,” it continued.
“Everyone is advised to stay off roads in the Haiku area and to exercise extreme caution due to debris and potential landslides.”
Anyone in need of emergency information is urged to reach out to the Maui Emergency Management Agency at (808) 270-7285.
“There will soon be a sudden change in God’s dealings. The world in its perversity is being visited by casualties,—by floods, storms, fires, earthquakes, famines, wars, and bloodshed. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power; yet He will not at all acquit the wicked. ‘The Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.’ O that men might understand the patience and longsuffering of God! He is putting under restraint His own attributes. His omnipotent power is under the control of Omnipotence. O that men would understand that God refuses to be wearied out with the world’s perversity, and still holds out the hope of forgiveness even to the most undeserving! But His forbearance will not always continue. Who is prepared for the sudden change that will take place in God’s dealing with sinful men? Who will be prepared to escape the punishment that will certainly fall upon transgressors?” Final Events, page 356.2.