While shutters rattled and rain gutters were pushed to their limits overnight during a powerful storm, Maui first responders were busy across the island. Capt. Paul Haake gave Maui TV News this rundown of significant calls to which Maui Fire Fighters responded since Friday afternoon. He identified “basic calls” as those immediately storm-related, including hazards created by downed trees and electric lines, power outages and heavy rain. Here’s how Maui’s stations responded:
- Wailuku: 7
- Kula: 6
- Haiku: 5
- Makawao: 2
- Kahului: 1
- Wailea: 1
- Lahaina: 2
There were also significant emergencies requiring the assistance of Fire and Rescue squads:
- At 10:51 p.m., Friday, Engine 3 and Ladder 3 from Lahaina station responded to an incident involving a 40-foot catamaran that had broken free from its mooring in waters fronting Lahaina Town. The vessel washed ashore and damaged portions of the ocean front businesses/structures in the area of 825 Front Street near Pioneer Inn. The vessel is now grounded along the shoreline. DLNR & the owners have been notified. Damages to the structures have not been assessed and there were no rescues or injuries associated with this incident.
- Partial collapse of a residential building in Piiholo. There were no injuries to report and tenants were able to shelter in place.
- In two of the reports of downed power lines that were responded to by Engine 5 of Makawao station, there were vehicles involved. In the first incident which occurred at 9:25 p.m. on Lower Kimo Road in the Kula area, a vehicle was covered by utility lines that were brought down by a felled tree. The driver of the vehicle was able to free it from the incident; the lines were cable lines. In the second incident, which occurred at 11 p.m. on West Kuiaha Road in the Haiku area, a vehicle mistakenly drove over power lines that were down by felled tree. A MECO representative was able to deactivate the line and the vehicle was freed from the incident.