Crews search for trapped residents on Hawaii island; dozens already rescued, homes destroyed


Rescue crews are scouring Hawaii island for stranded residents after days of torrential rain and flooding from Lane.

Thirty-nine people have been rescued since the storm began, including eight who found themselves stranded in their vehicles.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Rain also washed away at least two homes in Hawaiian Acres. The homes, on 7th and 38th avenues, were pushed into streams and completely destroyed.

Some homes were also damaged in the Piihonua area of Hilo.

To report flood damage to your property, call (808) 643-5555.

The Hawaii Police Department says heavy rain and flooding have damaged several roads.

Drivers are urged to stay alert for flowing water on and across the road, debris, water ponding, potholes, and shoulder erosion. Road closures may still happen without notice.

A temporary traffic light has been installed on Highway 11 near mile marker 30 due to a one-lane closure.

Click here for a current map of road closures.

Officials say much of Puna is now underwater or completely saturated.

The National Weather Service has updated the totals on how much rain parts of the island has seen since midnight Wednesday until Friday night.

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Hilo International Airport measured 31.85 inches of rain. That’s the wettest three day period ever observed in Hilo, with records dating back to 1949.

On Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, Hilo received 15 inches of rain, marking the fifth wettest day on record.

Waiakea Uka received 45.80 inches of rain in the three day stretch.

Piihonua also saw 45.80 inches of rain from Lane.

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