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Crews on Maui clean up and gear up for more rain

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui families are facing new challenges after the latest round of heavy rain. Monday night's downpour washed out 60-feet of waterline in Kula. County officials are concerned the water could now be contaminated.

Families in upper Kula are being urged to boil their water for at least a minute and let it cool before using it for drinking, cooking, dishwashing, or brushing their teeth. The boiled water advisory affects residents from Waiakoa Road to Kanaio.

"They can also buy bottled water or they can go to two water tankers which are stationed in the area," said Maui County spokesman Rod Antone.

Officials from the Department of Water Supply said residents should continue doing this through Friday.

"People need to be patient because after they fix the line, they've still got to run test to make sure the water is safe, and those tests don't come back for another 24 hours," explained Antone.

Storm damage also forced the state to close the Kula Forest Reserve and Polipoli Springs Park. The gusty winds and heavy showers toppled trees, and washed away previous repairs to a cement crossing. The areas will be off-limits until crews finish their assessment and take care of any repairs needed. With more rain on the way, county workers are getting ready.

"The game plan is, we're just staying alert. Everybody is on standby. Talked to the police chief today. He said he has told all his commanders make sure the staff is up," said Antone.

Severe weather created a muddy mess in Kihei less than a month ago. Authorities hope they're ready to deal with whatever Mother Nature brings their way this time.

"We could be wrong, the sun could come out, but we'd rather be safe than sorry," Antone said.

The state also issued a brown water advisory for Maalaea-Kihei. People should stay out of coastal waters in the area due to possible contamination from pesticides, flood debris and overflowing cesspools.

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