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Gov. Declares State of Emergency As Severe Weather Persists

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Severe weather has prompted Gov. David Ige to sign an emergency declaration for the entire state.

Heavy rains over the last several days have caused flooding, landslides and fear of dam failure, prompting evacuations in at least two counties.

In Maui County, heavy rains completely washed out the Peahi Bridge on Peahi Road, and displaced the Kaupakalua Bridge on Kaupakalua Road, making the roads impassable. There is also damage to other roads and bridges on the Valley Isle.  

Across the state, saturated ground conditions and increased water levels in reservoirs have increased the risk of erosion, seepage, piping and fear of dam failure.

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The emergency declaration covers the counties of Hawai‘i, Maui, Kalawao, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i. It gives the governor the authority to spend state funds as appropriated to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors in the state.

The declaration enables efforts to provide quick and efficient relief of suffering, damage and losses caused by flooding and other effects of the heavy rains.

The disaster emergency relief period continues through May 8, 2021.

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