A fallen tree along with several utility lines and poles leads the closure of Wainaku Street in Hilo Thursday afternoon (August 6th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD), Hawaiian Electric (HECO), Spectrum, and Hawaiian Telcom responded to report of utility lines down on Wainaku Street in Hilo Thursday afternoon (August 6th).
The initial call came in at 1:55 pm Thursday afternoon and HFD crews from the Central Fire Station along with HPD officers from the South Hilo Patrol, HECO, Spectrum, and Hawaiian Telcom crews responded to the scene located at the Kalalau Gulch Bridge on Wainaku Street.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders reporting a large tree had fallen across Wainaku Street and taken down utility lines including high voltage transmission lines. Residents on Wainaku Street and in the Wainaku area report no power as well.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, due to the hazard involved with the transmission lines, awaited the arrival of a HECO troubleshooter to arrive at the scene and de-energized the transmission lines prior to beginning removal of the tree.
Also, due to the hazard, HPD officers closed Wainaku Street between Pua Lane/Hau Lane to Kaulia Street and said it would most likely remain closed into the overnight hours while crews worked to complete repairs and clear the roadway.
Once the hazard was mitigated, crews immediately went to work to remove the tree from the roadway while HECO, Hawaiian Telcom, and Spectrum crews began working on repairs and to restore power in the area.
HECO spokesperson reported that approximately 1,400 customers were without power and a majority of the customers were restored by 2:20 pm Thursday afternoon, however, noted that a handful of residents on Pua Lane were still without power and HECO crews were working to restore to power.
No injuries were reported with this incident.