26 homes destroyed by lava in Leilani Estated subdivision

Accessed on 07 May 2018, 0157 UTC, Post #16760.



Reporter:  John Burnett.

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The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency has confirmed the loss of 21 homes in the Leilani Estates subdivision from an advancing lava flow.  Officials said two more vents have opened in the rural Hawaii Island subdivison.

According to reporter John Burnett, residents have been given temporary access to their homes to retrieve documents and to evacuate their pets and animals:

“Active venting of lava and hazardous fumes continues between Mohala and Pomaikai streets in the lower Puna subdivision of about 1,700 residents. County officials said Sunday sulfur dioxide levels are “elevated” from Sunday morning.

Conditions permitting, Leilani Estates residents with properties between Highway 130 and Maile Street were allowed to enter the subdivision to complete evacuation of pets, medicine, and vital documents left behind until 6 p.m. today. Residents were urged to retrieve their belongings expeditiously so others may go in after them.

Civil Defense officials warn residents to be aware of the unstable conditions of air quality, especially sulfur dioxide gas, and of the roads. Officials will require those allowed in to leave the area if conditions become hazardous.

Residents seeking to enter the subdivision will be required to provide ID and proof of residency in Leilani Subdivision. A primary police checkpoint is established at the corner of Highways 130 and 132 across from Pahoa High School, with a secondary checkpoint is set up at the intersection of Highway 130 and Leilani Street.”

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