Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Hawaii Floods, Mudslides Destroy Homes and Shut Down Roads

Hawaii Floods, Mudslides Destroy Homes and Shut Down Roads

The island of Kauai, Hawaii, is swept under flood water after two feet of rainfall struck the area on Sunday morning.

As the heavy rain and devastating flooding started to subside on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai Monday, rescue teams worked to help those stranded, including a large group of around 40 tourists. Tourists showed up at a Hanalei Elementary School shelter on Saturday evening due to flooding on the north shore of the island.

Coralie Chun Matayoshi, chief executive officer of the Red Cross in Hawaii, said the county's Department of Parks and Recreation offered to deliver food to the evacuees by personal watercraft, but a nearby business was also dealing with flooding and unable to provide the supplies to be delivered. "The Hawai'i National Guard has deployed two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, two CH-47 Chinooks, eight Zodiacs and more than 45 soldiers and airmen to support rescue efforts, and to get medical aid and necessary supplies to the area", Gov. Ige said.

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Because of the landslide damage caused on Kuhio Highway, residents forced to leave their homes don't know when they will be able to return to their abandoned houses.

Hawaii Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation for the County of Kauai late Sunday due to the damage from "the severe, sudden and extraordinary event of heavy rains and flooding". According to Hawaii News Now, "The exact number of rescues is unclear, but so far, no major injuries have been reported".

The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter at Kapa'a Middle School. The houses were vacant, she said. At least two homes were destroyed, with dozens of others damaged from flooding.

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Some residents said the storm was worse than Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

It said that power had been restored to the Wainiha pump stations and that water services would be slowly restored to customers in the Wainiha and Haena areas.

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