Rains ease, res­cues rise

About 300 evac­u­ated

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

HONOLULU— Heavy rains on Kauai let up on Mon­day, which helped emer­gency work­ers bet­ter res­cue peo­ple stranded by flood­ing on the Hawai­ian is­land.

Forty peo­ple, mostly tourists, were stuck since Satur­day night at a Red Cross shel­ter in an el­e­men­tary school in the north shore town of Hanalei. Plans to air­lift them out of the school, which was sur­rounded by wa­ter, were aban­doned be­cause se­vere weather grounded he­li­copters, said Co­ralie Matayoshi, CEO of Amer­i­can Red Cross of Hawaii.

On Sun­day night, an­other 21 peo­ple made their way to the shel­ter on per­sonal wa­ter­craft and boats, she said. The shel­ter ear­lier had run out of food and wa­ter, but re­ceived ad­e­quate pro­vi­sions Sun­day, she said.

There were no re­ports of ma­jor in­juries.

At least two houses on the north shore com­pletely washed off their foun­da­tions, Kauai County spokes­woman Sarah Blane said. The houses were va­cant, she said.

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. The record for a 24hour pe­riod in Hanalei was set in 2012 at 28.54 inches (72.49 cen­time­ters).

“It’s highly likely that the record was bro­ken by heavy rain­fall af­ter the gauge stopped record­ing,” said me­te­o­rol­o­gist Chevy Che­va­lier. The weather ser­vice is try­ing to fig­ure out why the gauge stopped record­ing, he said.

Mered­ith Zi­etz, who was still trapped in her Hanalei home Mon­day, posted video of a skit­tish bi­son as it dashed through her wa­ter­logged yard.

“It was amazing. It looked scared though,” she said. She said she be­lieved it was from a buf­falo farm near the Hanalei River.

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

“We re­ally can’t go any­where,” he said, adding that he’s was grate­ful to have elec­tric­ity, even though there was no wa­ter or in­ter­net ser­vice.

Jeff Cul­ver­house, man­ager and part­ner of a Hanalei strip mall, was wish­ing for a hot shower as he pumped wa­ter out of el­e­va­tors Mon­day. Ev­ery shop in the mall was under 2 inches (5.08 cen­time­ters) of wa­ter and thick mud, he said, though the Big Save Mar­ket was open.

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


Lihue res­i­dent Pamela Gar­cia-Neveu and Ha Cof­fee Bar owner Jeff Adams fill her ve­hi­cle with do­nated items to those im­pacted by the flood­ing on the North Shore on Mon­day.

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