The County of Hawaii has a real-time road closure map. Most often any road closing is due to a flooding event.
Remember – Turn Around Don’t Drown Please share this page with a driver (teen?) you love.
You can see all of the County of Hawaii Alerts here.
Below is an image during Hurricane Lane. Click the image to see current road closures on the Big Island.
Road conditions continue to change, so be aware that closures may occur without notice.
How to Drive in a Flood
Don’t Ignore Warnings: Pay attention to barricades. Don’t ignore them by driving past them.
Standing and Flowing Water is Dangerous: Do not drive through standing water on roads or in parking lots. The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse.
You Can Damage Your Vehicle: Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.
Turn Around Don’t Drown (this means you)
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other storm-related hazard.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.
People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.
A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.