Residents of evacuated Hawaii community able to return home
HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of a Hawaii subdivision were able to return to their homes Saturday, more than two months after flowing lava and volcanic gas from Kilauea prompted county officials to evacuate the area.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports entry into Leilani Estates in Hawaii County will remain restricted to residents and authorized personnel.
MacKenzie State Recreation Area and Malama Ki Forest Reserve, which have been closed since the beginning of Kilauea’s most recent eruption in May, also reopened Saturday.
Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says Leilani Estates was evacuated to “preserve health and safety and to protect residents until the hazards were reduced from the eruption.”
Civil Defense officials advised returning residents that first responder services could be delayed due to limited access points and road conditions.
Lava Tree State Monument remains closed due to damage from earthquakes.
Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com