Heavy rain forces Maui residents to evacuate

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Mayor Michael Victorino of Maui County, Hawaii, has issued an evacuation for some residents due to heavy rainfall and flooding, amid fears of dam failure. The extreme weather has already destroyed over half a dozen homes, trapping residents in their houses as water levels rise.

“The current weather has created a very dangerous flooding situation throughout the County of Maui, especially in east Maui,” Victorino said in a press conference.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency ordered those downstream of the Kaupakalua Dam to evacuate, opening three shelters for those who require a place to stay.

Carmen Gardner, a local resident, told CNN that she has lived in Maui for over 40 years and has never seen such severe flooding. Climate change has changed our world into something we barely recognize.

Is this another call to action to protect our planet?

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