Deluge from Hurricane Lane prompts rescues, road closures on east side

  • A downed eucalyptus tree and landslide block Akoni Pule Highway (Route 270) Thursday in North Kohala. (Courtesy photo)
  • Neighbors walk along with umbrellas Wailuku Drive Thursday in Hilo.
  • People watch from as Piihonua Falls rages Thursday in Hilo.
  • Carvahlo Park fields are flooded Thursday in Hilo.
  • Carvahlo Park fields are flooded Thursday in Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

  • People watch from the Puueo Street bridge as the Wailuku River rages below them Thursday in Hilo.
  • People watch from the Puueo Street bridge as the Wailuku River rages below them Thursday in Hilo.
  • People look over the Wainaku Street bridge as the Wailuku River rages below them Thursday in Hilo. (Photo by HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — Hurricane Lane’s rain kept emergency workers busy Thursday, as five people were rescued from a flooded Hilo home after a nearby gulch overflowed.