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Maui highway reopens after rockslide

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A rockslide shut down part of Honoapiilani Highway on Maui for about an hour on Monday night. The closure was just one of several weather problems on the Valley Isle. Maui county officials said the trouble was caused by heavy rain and runoff. The rockslide happened at about 6:30 p.m., forcing the closure of the highway in both directions from Maalaea to Ukumehame. Crews cleared the debris away and authorities reopened the road about an hour later. Crews will head back out there on Tuesday to check the hillside.

Police and county crews were busy dealing with problems across the island. The power was out in the Upcountry area for a couple of hours.

Residents at the Island Sands Resort in Maalaea has to deal with mud and floodwater. Barricades were put up to ease flooding on Kihei Road. Polipoli Road in Kula was flooded. A boat also came loose from its mooring in Lahaina.

"Unfortunately, tonight was supposed to be the least wettest night and there's more heavy rains coming Wednesday, Thursday, so I guess we're considering this a wet run as far as getting everybody prepared," said Maui County spokesman Rod Antone.

 

 

 

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