Evacuations may be issued as heavy rains threaten dam breach in Honolulu

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:55 AM PT – Fri. Sept. 14, 2018

Thousands of people may be forced to evacuate in Honolulu as officials warn of a possible dam breach after heavy rains from tropical depression Olivia.

Honolulu officials announced Thursday a dam holding more than 20 million gallons of water is not at risk of collapse, but they may need to evacuate 10,000 people living downstream due to the threat of overflow.

This satellite image made available the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Tropical Storm Olivia east of the main islands of Hawaii at 11 a.m. Hawaii time Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Central Pacific Hurricane Center meteorologist Matthew Foster says the storm could deposit 10 to 15 inches of rain on the islands, though some areas could get as much as 20 inches. (NOAA via AP)

Water levels were five feet below the top of the dam on Thursday afternoon, and the board of water supply said they will issue evacuation orders if the water rises by another four feet.

Officials said if water breaches the dam’s spillway it could trigger widespread flooding, which has many residents concerned.

This comes as forecasts warn downpours could continue on the islands, bringing up to eight inches of rain in some areas as the storm moves away from the state.

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