Pali Highway reopens after stormy night causes mudslide

At one point, a portion of the H-3 Freeway was also flooded.

Pali Highway reopens after stormy night causes mudslide
Crews worked to clear the mudslide Saturday morning.

WINDWARD OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Heavy rain fell on parts of Oahu Friday night, leaving a portion of the H-3 Freeway under two feet of water and the Pali Highway impassable due to a mudslide.

The flooding on the H-3 happened near the Koolau Golf Course and the mudslide forced the closure of all Kaneohe-bound lanes at Waokanaka Saturday morning.

The Pali closure was reported around 4 a.m. and state crews were dispatched to clear the road. By 10:20 a.m., all lanes were reopened.

An upper level disturbance moving from west to east brought the enhanced moisture to the state.

Much of Oahu was under a flood advisory Friday afternoon. The advisory was upgraded to a flash flood warning Friday evening as rain began to fall at rates of two to three inches per hour, mainly near Windward Oahu.

The warning has since been canceled.

Maunawili recorded 3.99 inches of rain during the 24-hour period that ended at 6 a.m. Saturday. A rain gauge at the nearby St. Stephen’s Diocesan Center near the hairpin turn on the Pali Highway picked up 3.27 inches during the same time period, while Punaluu Stream recorded 3.25 inches.

More heavy rain was forecast Saturday, but mostly for Maui County and the Big Island, which are under a flash flood watch through Saturday afternoon.

This story will be updated.

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