Group of 20 Found Safe After Being Caught by Flash Flooding on Molokai

At approximately 3:25 p.m. this afternoon, Maui Fire Department crews on Molokai responded to reports of several people unaccounted for after flash flooding occurred in Halawa Valley. Engine 12 from Pukoo, Engine 4 from Kaunakakai, and Engine 9 from Hoolehua were called on scene to assist.

Engine 12 personnel were the first to arrive and confirmed 20 people in 2 separate groups missing. At that point, the crew made their way up a trail in the direction the groups were last seen. Engine 12 personnel eventually met up with the parties, who had already safely crossed the river, and escorted them back down the trail to safety. No injuries were reported, and with all parties accounted for, crews were able to leave the scene at approximately 6:07 p.m.

The groups were hiking on the trail when a flash flood occurred. They then decided to stay put in safe locations until water dropped back down to a level in which they could safely cross the river. The groups consisted of both visitors and local residents ranging in ages 6 to 38.

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