9 hikers trapped by flash flooding rescued on Hawaii Island

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Updated: Jan. 19, 2021 at 8:05 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii County fire officials said first responders rescued nine hikers who got trapped by flash flooding.

The rescue happened Monday afternoon in Pololu Valley.

Officials said the group of stranded hikers were stuck on the east side of the valley floor river. Heavy rain inland quickly swelled the river to impassable levels.

Multiple units were dispatched to pluck the hikers from the valley.

They were all eventually brought to a landing zone in good health with no injuries.

Officials have often echoed the message not to hike during severe weather as rain inland can quickly impact areas where skies may be clear.

This was just one of many weather-related emergencies reported around the state Tuesday. Click here to read more.

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