News

Emergency Shelter Opens as River Water Rises

January 11, 2020, 2:41 PM HST
* Updated January 11, 2:52 PM
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio...
A
A
A

Officials have opened an emergency shelter as Wailuku River rises, threatening the surrounding communities.

The Big Island is currently under a flash flood watch, which means conditions are favorable for flash flooding. Residents have been posting footage on social media of the swelling waters.

Communities along the Wailuku River at risk for flooding have been contacted in case water levels rise further and evacuation becomes necessary. A Shelter has been designated at the Butler Building at Afook Chinen Auditorium if evacuations are needed.

Jessica Hendricks captured rushing waters at Pi‘ihonua Bridge. She says residents in the area have already self evacuated.

https://www.facebook.com/jessica.henricks.9/videos/10103721166978536/

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

At 10:30 a.m., Isaac Krakauer captured footage of a roaring Waiānuenue Falls.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

https://www.facebook.com/isaac.krakauer/videos/2712896122131335/

Road closures in Hilo include Kamehameha Avenue, Bay Front Highway and Pauahi Street from Aupuni Street.

Comments

This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments

Newsletters

Get a quick summary of what’s happening on the Big Island with our daily & weekly email of news highlights.