City closely monitoring water levels of lakes, dams; residents urged to be prepared

Weekend of wild weather drenches state, causing flooding, mudslides and downed trees.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the ground already saturated after a weekend of heavy rains, officials are closely monitoring conditions around the state.

On Oahu particularly, city crews and first responders are standing by. Residents in low-lying areas should be ready to evacuate if water levels of streams rise drastically.

Officials are closely monitoring water levels at Lake Wilson, the Wahiawa Reservoir which feeds into the Kaukonahua Stream.

So far, water levels are not at alarming flooding stages, but officials say everyone downstream of Lake Wilson in Waialua should be cautious, and be prepared to evacuate if needed.

“In an abundance of caution we are bringing together our public safety officials to discuss the effects of this weekend’s weather, including possible safety precautions. Please continue to monitor local media, in addition to updates from the national weather service,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

The Department of Education says it’s also tracking the situation with the Wahiawa Reservoir.

Officials say as of now, schools in the area will be open Monday with no impact to schedules. However, if the situation worsens, they say campuses will be converted into shelters for the community.

Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service released new rainfall rates from around the state.

Hawaii Island got hit the hardest with the old Saddle Road getting 30 inches of rain. Areas like Laupahoehoe and Pahala got over 20 inches of rain in a 48-hour period. Mountain View saw more than 16 inches.

Oahu’s upper Nuuanu got nearly 15 inches, and Kauai’s Mt. Waialeale got almost 11 inches.

Residents in Hilo, who are familiar with rain, say there’s been little relief from the downpours.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Hilo resident Axel Kratel. “It’s been raining pretty much non-stop for three days with very small breaks in between.”

Kratel says the waterfall on his property is raging and sounds like a freeway.

“Usually its a calm stream, but right now, it looks like Niagara Falls. Just huge rapids and just looks dangerous,” said Kratel.

Road closures were reported on sections of Daniel K. Inouye Highway, Bayfront Highway, Kamehameha Avenue, and Highways 11 and 19.

Officials say at one point, drivers couldn’t travel between Hilo and Kona because of flooded roads.

On Oahu, transportation crews were busy cleaning up downed trees and a mudslide in the Kailua bound lanes of the Pali Highway.

“With the possibility for additional heavy rain, we are ensuring that we have a well-coordinated plan in place,” said Hiro Toiya, Director of the city’s Department of Emergency Management. “We will be monitoring the situation very closely and respond as needed.”

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