Hawaii faces chance of flash flooding after dramatic rescue

HONOLULU (AP) — All of Hawaii faced a flash flood watch Monday, a day after Honolulu firefighters rescued three people trapped on a highway by fast-moving floodwaters.

The National Weather Service said widespread heavy rain and thunderstorms were expected in the islands after rain over the weekend had already saturated many areas, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .

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On Sunday, a woman and child inside a minivan and a man inside a pickup truck were surrounded by up to 3 feet (0.91 meters) of water when firefighters arrived, according to a statement released by the Honolulu Fire Department. A third car also was stalled but wasn’t occupied.

The water was moving around 17 mph fire Capt. Kevin Mokulehua said.

A bystander drove a small bulldozer into the water to get the firefighters closer to the stranded motorists, who were then given life vests and secured to rescue boards with ropes.

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The bulldozer then moved the motorists on rescue boards to safety. No injuries were reported.

The Honolulu Fire Department responded to more than 30 weather-related incidents over the weekend, Mokulehua said.

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