Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Heavy rains ease, rescue efforts improve after Hawaii storm

Heavy rains ease, rescue efforts improve after Hawaii storm

Air rescue operations have commenced on the North Shore area of Kauai, in response to the heavy rain and severe flooding that continues to affect the island. Volunteers have been trying to get food and water into the shelter through the raging floods.

Hanalei Bridge was open only to emergency vehicles Monday, so one busload of people from the shelter was moved to another shelter, said Kauai County spokeswoman Sarah Blane.

There were no reports of injuries as of Saturday evening, The Garden Island reported. The houses were vacant, she said.

National Guard Black Hawk ready for take off for search, rescue and recovery efforts on Kauaʻi following devastating floods and landslides over the weekend. "What we're really focusing on right now is search and rescue... and a thorough damage assessment".

According to the news outlet, Governor David Ige is taking steps to solve the problem of restricted access in the Hanalei District, including the towns of Wainiha and Haena, where the swollen Hanalei River has caused massive damage.

"It's definitely the worst storm in recent memory", Blane said.

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.

Ige issued an emergency proclamation Sunday after the National Weather Service recorded almost 27 inches (68 centimeters) of rainfall in a 24-hour period in Hanalei, on the island's north shore. That's very close to the record of 28.54 inches set in the 24 hours between 4 a.m. March 4 and 5, 2012.

"It was wonderful. It looked scared though", she said.

Jeff Culverhouse, manager and partner of a Hanalei strip mall, was wishing for a hot shower as he pumped water out of elevators Monday.

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

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