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.
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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