Weather/Road Closure message, 26 August 2018

Accessed on 26 August 2018, 2346 UTC, Post #17523.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Here’s the current weather outlook and road closure update from the Hawai County Civil Defense:

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense road closure update for Sunday, August 26 at 9:30 in the morning.

The National Weather Service reports that a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Hawaii Island. Rain will continue through early next week so please be careful when travelling on the roads. Closures may occur without any notice.

For your additional information:

  • The United States Postal Service reports that all post offices except Pepeekeo Post Office will deliver mail today. However, there are no retail services or mail pickup from blue USPS mail boxes.
  • State Highways reports a one lane closure on Highway 19 at mile marker 28-29 (Kaawalii Gulch). This closure is to allow crews to remove a dangerous boulder from the hillside.
  • State Highways has installed a temporary traffic light on Highway 11 near mile marker 30 (Volcano Golf Course) due to a one lane closure. This closure will allow crews to make repairs to earthquake and flood damaged sections of the highway. Repairs are expected to last about two weeks.
  • All County Parks remain closed until further notice.
  • The Hawaii State Department of Health is advising the public to stay out of streams, coastal, and standing waters that are contaminated by storm water. Storm water may contain harmful micro-organisms from overflowing cesspools or septic tanks as well as animal waste washed into streams and storm drains.
  • To report flood damage to your property, please call 808-643-5555.

The current map of road closures can be found here:

Thank you and please be safe. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.”

Just a quick note:  Part of the Hilo Bayfront Highway is open to traffic.  Highway maintenance personnel are still diverting flood waters from roads and removing debris from highways.  Highway 19 (Hamakua Coast Highway) is open, but there are many potholes and flooded areas of the coastal road.

For the latest Hawaii Island, West Hawaii, Hawaii State, and local sports news, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily. Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts