Hawaii officials prepare for lava to block roads

Hawaii officials prepare for lava to block roads

Associated Press

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii officials are bracing for the possibility that Kilauea's lava flow may cross key roads and cut off a large part of the Big Island's Puna district from the rest of the island within weeks.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi told a community meeting in Pahoa on Tuesday that officials are discussing moving a police substation to make sure officers will be on both sides of the flow.

Kenoi says officials have also talked about moving ambulances to make sure enough will be quickly available.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Monday said lava could reach the government road in Pahoa in 16 to 18 days.

Officials are concerned the flow may cross Highway 130, which connects Puna to Hilo and the rest of the island.

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