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Road near Laupahoehoe Gulch reopened following rockslide

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All lanes of Highway 19 near Laupahohoe Gulch have been reopened after crews cleared debris from a rockslide on the roadway.

After the rockslide was reported about 5 a.m., one lane was closed in the Hilo-bound direction so crews could remove debris and scale back additional rocks in danger of falling from the cliff face, Hawaii County police said.

The incident was the latest in a series of rockslides and landslides on the highway over the past week following days of heavy rain in the area.

Police urged motorists to drive carefully and use caution through the area.

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