More than 200 airlifted to safety after flooding on Kauai

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Dozens of people are stranded at a Red Cross shelter on Kauai after a storm dropped over 2 feet of rain, causing massive flooding and grounding rescue helicopters. Many roads are closed due to damage, including parts of Kuhio Highway.

In a video conference with the Kauai Emergency Management Agency, first responders, and Mayor Bernard Carvalho, the governor committed to providing all available resources to helping Kauai residents.

Logan said the National Guard would continue to monitor conditions on Kauai and confer with Kauai County officials to determine what additional assistance may be needed.


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.

The U.S. Army, National Guard, and the County of Kaua'i have airlifted over 220 people from the Hā'ena and Wainiha area.

Those bussed out included about 60 people who were staying at a Red Cross shelter at Hanalei Elementary School and others who showed up after hearing the county was bussing people out of the area.


Kauai warned that it was unclear when those who request to be evacuated can return as landslides continue to block Kuhio Highway between Waikoko and Wainiha. They briefly ran out of food and water. With the reopening of the highway, the shelters at Hanalei Elementary School and the Church of the Pacific are now closed.

Power outages still continue for Wainiha and Haena residents, but power has been restored to some in Hanalei. School will resume on Wednesday, April 18. Since that time, the dam has been inspected and it has been deemed safe for residents to return.


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