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Flash flood watch cancelled for Kauai, road closures continue


The flash flood watch has expired for the island of Kauai, but road closures remain in effect Monday. 

Road closures continue on Kuhio Highway, in the Hanalei Bridge area until the bridge can be inspected. 

Officials also said road closures continue in the following areas:

  • Weke Road in the Black Pot Beach area due to a sinkhole 
  • Severe erosion closed the mauka portion of Kahiliholo Road at Kalihiwai Ridge
  • Kuhio Highway between Waikoko and Wainiha closed due to multiple landslides
  • Hanalei Planation Road in Princeville closed due to a sinkhole 

Kalihiwai Reservoir had reached near capacity as of 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

As a safety precaution, the low-lying areas of Kalihiwai Valley along Kalihiwai Valley Road and near Kalihiwai Stream were evacuated. 

There is no active threat at this time as water appears to be receding but the evacuation remains in effect until further notice.

The Department of Education has announced school closures and affected bus routes for numerous Kauai schools which include:

  • Hanalei Elementary School will be closed on Monday due to unsettled weather
  • No school busses will operate for students residing in Hanalei, Wainiha or Ha'ena who attend Kapa'a Middle and Kapa'a High School 
  • Bus transportation services will not operate for students residing in Keapana who attend Kapa'a Elementary, Middle and High schools

The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter at Kōloa Elementary School due to multiple homes becoming flooded and rescue operations occurring in the vicinity of Waila'au Road. 

An evacuation shelter remains open at Hanalei Elementary School and the Church of the Pacific in Princeville. 

The shelter at Kapa'a Middle School has been closed.

The state Department of Transportation continue to work to clear landslides and debris that have occurred in multiple locations between Kalihiwai and Wainiha.

Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. has signed an emergency proclamation as the County of Kaua'i battles record-breaking rains, flooding and thunderstorms.

For more on the state and county rescue efforts, click here for the latest information.

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