Evacuations ordered as heavy rains cause flooding and dam breach in Maui, Hawaii | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Evacuations ordered as heavy rains cause flooding and dam breach in Maui, Hawaii

Emergency evacuations have been ordered for residents in the Haiku area in Maui, Hawaii, after heavy rainfall has caused a breach on the Kaupakalua Dam on Monday afternoon, March 8, 2021. Authorities also warned people that flooding in the area is "life-threatening".

Heavy rainfall in Maui has resulted in flooding and dam breach, leaving many residents trapped in their homes. The Maui Fire Department said it received more than a dozen calls for assistance.

Mayor Michael Victorino surveyed the flooding and reported that Kaupakalua Road was impassable in some areas. At least six homes were heavily damaged or destroyed.

After a breach was confirmed on the Kaupakalua Dam on Monday afternoon, Victorino urged people to evacuate from the Haiku area.

"For the safety of evacuees and emergency personnel, I urge everyone to stay away from the Haiku area," said the mayor. "MPD and Maui Fire and Rescue personnel are assisting those needing help."

"Please stay home, off the road, and away from streams, rivers, culverts, and drainage ditches even if they are currently dry."

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