Flooding on Kuhio Highway closes Hanalei Bridge as heavy rains persist

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Hanalei Bridge, Hanalei, Hawaii, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 (Courtesy: Kauai Police Department)

HANALEI, Kauai — A flash flood warning has been extended for Kauai until 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

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The National Weather Service reported that heavy showers and thunderstorms ended at around 7 p.m., however, water levels in streams and rivers remain dangerously high.

The Hanalei Bridge remains closed due to flooding on Kuhio Highway. The Wailua River Bridge remains open but is close to overflowing its banks as runoff continues to work its way down the slopes.

The Kauai Police Department took to their Facebook page on Friday to make their own announcements.

“Wailua River is rising rapidly. For homeowners in the area, please be mindful of the river and be prepared for potential evacuation,” KPD said in a Facebook post at around 4:25 p.m. There is an approximate 4-foot clearance under the bridge and plenty of debris.

A brown water advisory has been issued for the island as stormwater runoff enters coastal waters from heavy rains. Not all coastal areas may be impacted, however, if the water is brown stay out.

Shelters are open at Hale Halawai in Hanalei and Kapa‘a Middle School.

Kauai police would also like to remind the public to call 911 or police dispatch for emergencies only. For updates on road closures, call 241-1725.

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