Helicopter assessment to monitor Puna lava flow delayed

Helicopter assessment to monitor Puna lava flow delayed

Due to an emergency search and rescue mission this morning, today's helicopter assessment will be delayed. However, the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory scientists will be conducting an over flight later this morning and an updated message will be provided when that information is made available. We apologize for this inconvenience and delay with today's update.

The Railroad Emergency Route is NOT open to the public at this time. The public is reminded that no public vehicles, persons, or activity is allowed within the emergency route until the route is opened. The route will be opened for use upon the direction of Civil Defense in the event HWY 130 is unusable due to the lava flow.

HELCO crews are continuing with work in the Government Beach road area. This will result in the road being blocked and the access will be limited to beach road residents only to minimize disruption and delays to the operations.

The public is reminded that the flow is not visible and cannot be accessed from any public areas. Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision will remain restricted to area residents only.

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