Tourists rescued from Kauai floods

Ruben Hill
April 17, 2018

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The National Weather Service Honolulu said in a statement that 28.15 inches of rainfall was recorded from Hanalei, Kauai, through Saturday and early Sunday morning when the gauge stopped recording.

Kauai residents were busy Monday dealing with the aftermath of this weekend's devastating rain and flooding.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said an estimated 30 campers are stuck in the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park.

Officials will continue rescue efforts when the weather improves. At least two homes were destroyed, with dozens of others damaged from flooding.

The Department of Education said Hanalei Elementary School will remain closed Tuesday to allow for cleanup and fix.

Tourists rescued from Kauai floods
Tourists rescued from Kauai floods

Officials are trying to contact people who have camping permits to make sure they got out safely.

"A tremendous effort is underway with the assistance of our county, state and federal partners, along with countless donations and volunteers from across our island and state, we are slowly but surely getting food, water and medical supplies to those in need", states Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.

Sarah Blane, Kauai County spokeswoman, said by phone that rescuers airlifted 212 people from Wainiha and Haena after they were cut off from the rest of the island by landslides on Kuhio Highway past Hanalei Bay.

James Hennessy says he maneuvered his flooded street on a standup paddleboard to check on neighbors.

Most of those rescued were lifted out by helicopter as the roads were impassable due to landslides, flooding, and being severely washed out. 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.

Kauai authorities searched by air on Sunday for residents who needed to be rescued.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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