Hawaii governor issues state of emergency after disastrous flooding in Kauai
KAUAI, HI — The flooding on the island of Kauai this past weekend was so devastating, it prompted the United States Coast Guard to take this aerial survey on Sunday.
Hawaii Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation for Kauai County, amid what many officials describe as record-breaking rainfall, caused flooding and landslides.
The National Weather Service recorded almost 27 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period in Hanalei.
There are reports that at least two homes were destroyed, but no reported injuries yet.
“yung tagal ko dito 22 years, ngayon ko lang nakita kung ganon yung storm na yon,” said Eden Aladin, owner of Kauai Family Cafe.
Aladin opened her Filipino restaurant eight years ago, and she tells BA she made sure it is on higher ground to avoid situations like this.
“Per yung mga ibang nakatira sa downhill mahirap kasi nakita no naman yung mga pictures sa Facebook.”
On Saturday, the Department of Transportation issued warnings for residents and visitors to avoid Kuhio Bridge because the water level at one point reached 14 feet.
Kuhio highway also closed leaving dozens of people stranded at a Red Cross shelter.
Emergency personnel were able to help evacuate residents on Saturday night, but no exact number of rescues yet.
The county has more than 66,000 residents, according to a 2010 census.
92-year-old Sixto Tabay, a Filipino veteran and congressional gold medal recipient, and his wife, are among the more than 20,000 Filipinos who live in Kauai County. He tells BA over the phone that their home was not affected by flooding.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service lifted a flash flood warning Monday morning, allowing crews to clear landslides and debris around the county.