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Iao Valley reopens following September storm

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STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016

Heavy rains forced Iao Valley to close, flooding homes, destroying water pipes and wreaking havoc at Kepaniwai Park and Iao.

The Iao Valley State Monument has reopened, at least temporarily, after sustaining severe damage from a massive flood in September.

The Maui News reports the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources announced Friday the Hawaii state park was reopening Saturday after being closed since Sept. 13.

Heavy rains forced the park to close, flooding homes, destroying water pipes and wreaking havoc at Kepaniwai Park and Iao.

Kepaniwai reopened in April.

The state continues making repairs in areas of the park, but because of pending permit approvals to complete the project, officials with the department’s Division of State Parks decided to reopen Iao for residents and visitors during a hiatus in construction work.

Officials say they expect construction work to resume sometime this fall.

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