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UPDATE: Tuesday storm pummels Maui

The Pali Highway has reopened but may close again at any time due to flooding, debris or other safety issues. A flash flood watch is still in effect through Thursday afternoon.

Kepaniwai Park in Iao Valley is closed until further notice; assessments will be conducted in the morning. Questions may be directed to the Department of Parks and Recreation at ph. 270-7383.

The State DOE says they are monitoring flood conditions on Maui. No school closures as of yet.
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The Department of Water Supply is recommending customers in the Central and South Maui areas to boil water before consumption due to possible contamination from flooding.  Affected areas include Kahului, Wailuku, Paia, Spreckelsville, Puunene, Kihei, Wailea, Makena and Maalaea.  At this time, there are no water quality violations.  This advisory is a precautionary measure for public health and safety purposes.

Customers should boil water at a rolling boil for 3 minutes prior to consumption or use, or use bottled water.  DWS personnel are out in the water system flushing water lines to ensure clean water, and laboratory personnel will take samples to verify water quality today.  Another press release will be issued once samples show no contamination.

The Department of Water Supply is also requesting all consumers in the Wailuku and Kahului areas to conserve water and to avoid any unnecessary water use until further notice.

The Department extends its appreciation to its customers for their cooperation and understanding.  Please call the 24-hour hotline at 270-7633 if a water-related problem occurs or if there are any questions.

Heavy rains and overflowing streams have shut down highways and forced evacuations in some neighborhoods on Maui tonight. Hana Highway is closed in several areas from mile markers 14 to 16 due to large landslides. Honoapiilani Highway is also closed in several areas due to Ukumehame River overflowing and landslides near mile marker 1 and another near mile marker 7.

Police and fire crews also helped to evacuate 11 residents out of Iao Valley tonight. More residents may have self-evacuated from Happy Valley.

In response Maui County has activated the Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as well as three emergency shelters; the Lahaina Civic Center, War Memorial Gymnasium and Hana High School.

More information will be released as it becomes available. Residents can call the Maui County Civil Defense Agency at 270-7285 if they have any questions.

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