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Seven People Rescued After Flash Flooding Strands Motorists on South Kihei Road

At 4:01 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, firefighters in South Maui rescued 7 people after they became stranded by flood waters on South Kihei Road.

Firefighters initially responded for a female being swept away in her vehicle by flood waters and were trying to locate her when crews came upon three other vehicles that became stranded or had stalled in deep water along South Kihei Road.

Wailea firefighters picked up a female in a Mini Cooper, and a male and female from a 4-door sedan whose vehicles stalled in high running flood water on South Kihei Road, just north of Kaonoulu Street.

Four people were found stranded on a bridge by fast flowing stream water just south of Kaonoulu Street. Two were in a car and two were pedestrians standing on the bridge outside the vehicle. Stream water a few feet deep was rushing over South Kihei Road on both sides of the bridge. They decided to stay put and wait for the water to recede rather than chance crossing the gushing stream.

Firefighters eventually found the female who originally called in that she was about to be swept away in her car. Another female was also with her. Bystanders had helped to push the woman’s car to a safe area and both were uninjured.

Fire crews had all of the stranded people safe on dry ground by 5:00 p.m. Fire crews from Kihei, Wailea, and a rescue crew from Kahului responded to the flooding incident.

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