Hand look at extensive flood damage, rescue efforts on Kauai

JAMM AQUINO | HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER STAFF            Debris clogs the mouth of the Wailua River after heavy rain and flooding in Kapaa Kauai

JAMM AQUINO | HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER STAFF Debris clogs the mouth of the Wailua River after heavy rain and flooding in Kapaa Kauai

Kuhio Highway near the Hanalei Bridge is now open to the public as repairs to the bridge were completed this morning.

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.

Gov. Ige, Mayor Carvalho and emergency personnel took an air tour of the devastated areas aboard a Hawai'i National Guard Black Hawk helicopter late this morning.

"The water came through my mom's bedroom and down the hallway", she said.

Gov. Ige commended Kauaʻi County's first responders and emergency personnel and pledged continued support of search and rescue efforts.

"Communities on Oʻahu and Kauaʻi are starting to clean up the damage done by the flooding this weekend, but they need as much help as they can get", said Senator Schatz. There are no reports of major injuries. "What we're really focusing on right now is search and rescue... and a thorough damage assessment". The Associated Press reported Red Cross shelters were housing about 40 people after flooding swamped dozens of homes and knocked out power to more on Kauai's north shore. The town of Hanalei received 28.15 inches of rain over a 24-hour period, which is just shy of the town's 28.54 inches over 24 hours back in 2012.

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The National Weather Service recorded 28.1 inches (71.3 centimeters) of rainfall in Hanalei between 2 a.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday.

"It was awesome. It looked scared though", she said.

Nearby in Haena, James Hennessy maneuvered his flooded, murky street on a standup paddleboard to check on neighbors.

Jeff Culverhouse, manager and partner of a Hanalei strip mall, was wishing for a hot shower as he pumped water out of elevators Monday.

"The place is a freaking mess, to say the least", he said.

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