Kauai Mayor Issues Proclamation of Emergency As Heavy Flooding Slams North Shore

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Meanwhile, dozens of homes have been reported flooded or damaged in the communities of Hanalei, Wainiha, and Haena. No injuries have been reported so far. The downpour caused flooding and mudslides, and two homes were torn off their foundations on the northern side of the island.

The Kauai Fire Department is receiving assistance from the Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department, which sent a helicopter to the island.

"This morning, we will be working to assess the extent of the damage that occurred throughout the night. Shelter in place in a safe location or evacuate to higher ground if you are in a flood-prone area".

The American Red Cross has opened evacuation shelters at Kapaa Middle School, the Church of the Pacific in Princeville, and at Hanalei Elementary School.

The area of Ha'ena-Wainiha is without running water and power remains out for some customers in Hanalei and Ha'ena.

Kauai #hitraffic update: Kuhio Hwy remains closed at the Hanalei Bridge due to flooding.

In the 24-hour period that ended at 10 a.m., Hanalei received 26.9 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Gov. David Ige said he is committed to providing all available resources to helping Kauai residents.

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. said earlier that county crews were taking supplies via air until access was restored.

Meantime, US Senator Brian Schatz is calling on federal agencies to help with flood recovery response on both Kauaʻi and Oʻahu. "Based on the county's needs, we may also bring in other state agencies like DLNR to provide specialized skills and personnel".

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