UPDATED 8:09 AM PT – Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Officials in the Hawaiian island of Maui issued evacuation orders after heavy rains caused a dam to be in danger of imminent failure.
According to Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency on Monday, evacuation shelters on Maui have opened up at the Paia Community Center and Hana High School.
EVACUATIONS UNDERWAY: This is what a portion of Hana Highway looks like now near Haiku, Maui. Senator J Kalani English is warning the Kaupakalua Dam could break at any time and thousands are in the impact zone.
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— Eddie Dowd (@EddieDowdTV) March 9, 2021
Authorities said water over-topped the Kaupakalua Reservoir and Dam, in turn, causing flood waters and residents to be trapped inside their homes.
— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) March 9, 2021
Due to the weather, all parks in the county have been closed.