Fallen Tree and downed utility pole/lines lead to the closure of Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 19) in Honoka'a Friday afternoon (August 7th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with Hawaii Police Department (HPD) and Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) - Hawaii Island crews responded to report of a fallen tree and down utility lines on Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 19) in Honoka'a Friday afternoon (August 7th).
The initial call came in at 4:42 pm Friday afternoon and HFD crews from the Honoka'a Fire Station along with HPD officers from the Hamakua Patrol and HECO crews responded to the scene located near the 42-mile marker on Highway 19 in Honoka'a.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from residents and passerby reporting a large eucalyptus tree had fallen over and taken down utility lines and a pole near the 42-mile marker on Highway 19. Wires were reported to hanging low over the highway and making travel through the area impassable for motorists to safely travel on Highway 19. Also, reports were coming into the HECO trouble line reporting a power outage along the entire Hamakua and North Hilo Coast.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, they confirmed the reports received to 911 and awaited the arrival of a HECO troubleshooter to complete an assessment on the damage. HPD officers as a precaution shutdown Highway 19 between Mamane Street (Highway 240) to Pakalana Street until crews could safely clear the roadway.
HECO spokesperson reported that over 1,990 customers from Kalopa to Papaikou were without power for a brief period on Friday and a majority of the customers had their power restore by 5:30 pm Friday evening with a handful of customers still without power and expected to be without power until repairs could be completed.
Highway 19 was reopened to traffic at 10:15 pm Friday evening and HECO reported other customers without power had since been restored and poles and lines have been repaired.