Fallen Tree over electric lines leads to the temporary closure of Highway 11 (Mamalahoa Highway) and also a power outage in South Hawaii Saturday morning (June 13th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a fallen tree over power lines on Highway 11 in Ka'u Saturday morning (June 13th).
The initial call came in at 6:34 am Saturday morning and HFD crews from the HOVE Fire Station and HPD officers from the Ka'u Patrol responded to the scene located at the 82-mile marker on Highway 11 in Ka'u.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that tree had fallen over Highway 11 and had also damaged electrical lines and utility pole in the process. Debris was reported on the roadway.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, they confirmed the reports received from bystanders on the incident and had temporarily shut down of Highway 11 between the 82 to the 83-mile markers, while crews from State of Hawai'i Department of Transportation (HDOT) and Hawaiian Electric (HECO) - Hawaii Island crews worked to complete repairs.
HECO also confirmed 1605 customers were without power as a result of the incident and had power restored to all customers just before 9:00 am Saturday morning.
Highway 11 was reopened and cleared just before 8:30 am Saturday morning. HECO and Hawaiian Telcom crews were still on scene completing repairs in the area.
No injuries were reported.