Update: Maui flood warning expires, flood waters gradually recede, bus service affected
Kīhei roads reopen
(Updated: 7 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2022)
All roads are now OPEN.
Kīhei floods closed roads and affects bus service
(Updated: 5:28 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2022)
Flooding in Kīhei affects two Maui bus routes: Kīhei Villagers Route #15 and Kīhei Islanders Route #20. Flooding, road closures and increased traffic affect service. For the latest information, bus passengers are encouraged to check the Maui Bus app or visit https://mauibus.org/announcements for more information on route diversions.
The Maui Emergency Management Agency reports that stationary rain clouds near Kīhei caused excessive rainfall in the area, but a flash flood warning was lifted shortly before 5:20 p.m. MEMA partially activated its emergency operations center to monitor heavy rains and flooding in South Maui, but the EOC stepped down after the warning was lifted.
Heavy rains caused temporary road closures. As of 3:30 p.m., South Kīhei Road was closed from 760 South Kīhei Road to Kanani Road and Kūlanihākoʻi Street from Oluea Street to South Kīhei Road.
If residents wish to report flood damage, they can visit mauicounty.gov/emergency and click on “Damage Assessment – Self-reporting”.
Flood warning canceled
(Updated: 5:04 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2022)
The flash flood warning for Maui is cancelled. The National Weather Service says the heavy rains are over.
“Flash floods should no longer pose a threat,” the NWS says, however, “some road closures may be underway in Kīhei as the flood waters gradually recede.
Updates on road closures due to flooding
(Updated: 3:33 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2022)
South Kīhei Road is closed from 760 S. Kīhei Road to Kanani Road.
Kūlanihākoʻi Street is also closed from Oluea Street to South Kīhei Road due to flooding.
Flood warning until 5:15 p.m.
(Updated: 2:22 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2022)
The National Weather Service replaced the flood advisory issued earlier in the day with a flash flood warning for the island of Maui until 5:15 p.m.
At 2:22 p.m., the Maui Emergency Management Agency reported that near-stationary heavy downpours near Kīhei had closed South Kīhei Road near Kalama Park. The rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
Some locations within the Flood Alert Zone include: Kīhei, Wailea, ʻUlupalakua, Mākena, and Kēōkea.
MEMA advises the public to stay away from streams, rivers, drainage ditches and culverts, even if they are currently dry.
“Do not cross streams or flash floods in your vehicle or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown,” advises NWS.
(Updated: 12:55 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2022)
The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the island of Maui until 4 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2022.
At 12:47 p.m., radar showed nearly stationary heavy downpours over West Maui, with rain falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
“Normally dry ravines running through Kīhei and Mākena will likely have running water this afternoon,” according to the NWS.
Locations in the notice include: Kīhei, Wailea, ʻUlupalakua, Mākena and Kēōkea.
The public is advised to stay away from waterways, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding.
The advisory may need to be extended past 4 p.m. if flooding persists.