HONOLULU – Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed an emergency declaration for the state on Tuesday as heavy rains brought flooding, landslides and prompted evacuations in at least two counties.
Rising water levels in reservoirs have increased the risk of flooding, erosion, seepage, piping and fear of dam failure, KHON reported.
Ige’s declaration covers the counties of Hawaii, Maui, Kalawao, Kaua’i, and the city and county of Honolulu, according to the television station.
“I’ve just signed an emergency proclamation for the State of Hawaii after heavy rains and flooding caused extensive damage to both public and private property across the islands,” Ige tweeted.
The declaration will be in effect through May 8, according to Hawaii News Now.
“The declaration supports the state’s efforts to provide quick and efficient relief of suffering, damage, and losses caused by flooding and other effects of the heavy rains,” the governor said.