Hawaii: Residents on Maui ordered to evacuate after dam floods area

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A bridge off Peahi Road is overcome by floodwaters above the Kaupakalua Reservoir and Dam after heavy rainfall on Monday in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii, on Monday, March 8, 2021. Heavy rains caused a dam to overflow on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and and nearby residents in the community of Haiku are being evacuated, county officials said Monday.(Kehaulani Cerizo/The Maui News via AP)

A bridge off Peahi Road is overcome by floodwaters above the Kaupakalua Reservoir and Dam after heavy rainfall on Monday in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii, on Monday, March 8, 2021. Heavy rains caused a dam to overflow on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and and nearby residents in the community of Haiku are being evacuated, county officials said Monday.(Kehaulani Cerizo/The Maui News via AP)

A bridge off Peahi Road is overcome by floodwaters above the Kaupakalua Reservoir and Dam after heavy rainfall on Monday in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii, on Monday, March 8, 2021. (Kehaulani Cerizo/The Maui News via AP)

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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.

Authorities said water over-topped the Kaupakalua Reservoir and Dam, in turn, causing flood waters and residents to be trapped inside their homes.

Due to the weather, all parks in the county have been closed.

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