National Guard Troops Sent To Site Of Hawaiian Town Threatened By Lava Flow

CBS San Francisco

PAHOA, Hawaii (CBS / AP) — The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said the National Guard deployed 83 troops to Pahoa on Thursday to help provide security. The troops will help with a roadblock and with other safety issues.

Lava from a vent at Kilauea volcano has been sliding northeast toward the ocean since June. Last month, scientists said it was two weeks away from hitting the main road in Pahoa, a town of about 950 residents. The lava slowed but largely has remained on course.

Pahoa residents say the lava will reshape the community yard by yard as it creeps toward the ocean.

“She is so gentle but so…

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