Hand look at extensive flood damage, rescue efforts on Kauai

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Kauai spokeswoman Sarah Blane says Mayor Bernard Carvalho and Hawaii Gov. David Ige were in a helicopter Monday assessing the damage and rescue needs on the island. They briefly ran out of food and water. Upon reopening the highway, the Kaua'i Bus worked with the American Red Cross to shuttle 121 people from the Hanalei Shelter back to Princeville.

Kauai's flooding is also causing major road closures across the island.


As of Sunday night, some 40 evacuees remained at a Red Cross shelter, which had been set up at Hanalei Elementary School. Crews airlifting people were also planning to continue bringing in provisions to those areas.

Ige issued an emergency proclamation Sunday after the National Weather Service recorded almost 27 inches (68 centimeters) of rainfall in a 24-hour period in Hanalei, on the island's north shore.

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The Kauai Fire Department was coordinating with the Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department to provide air and search and rescue operations on the North Shore.

"We are slowly but surely getting food, water and medical supplies to those in need", he said in a statement. "As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will work with the other members of the congressional delegation and do everything possible to help these communities get on the road to recovery". Homes in Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena, and Anahola have been damaged or washed away and water service and power are out for many in the area.

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The state Department of Transportation is working to clear mud and debris from at least eight landslides on Kuhio Highway. Since that time, the dam has been inspected and it has been deemed safe for residents to return. Residents in low-lying areas of Kalihiwai Valley were evacuated Saturday afternoon as a precaution because the dam was nearing capacity.

In Hawaii, a buffalo roamed through a waterlogged yard after torrential downpours.

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