Hawaii Floods, Mudslides Destroy Homes and Shut Down Roads on Kauai

All Client Alert
April 17, 2018

Source: The Weather Channel

Additional Resources:

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (Governor Proclamation)

Safeguard Properties Disaster Update Center

Please see below for reported approximate areas sustaining property damage and/or flooding:

Kauai (Kauai County, 96705, 96714, 96715, 96716, 96722, 96741, 96746, 96747, 96751, 96752, 96754, 96756, 96765, 96766, 96769, 96796, 96703)

Please Note: This has NOT yet been declared a Presidential Major Disaster.

At a Glance

  • Destructive flooding and mudslides triggered by rain battered parts of Hawaii.
  • At least two homes have been destroyed and dozens more were damaged.
  • Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency as a response to the flooding.

Mudslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain spread damage and shut down roads in Hawaii over the weekend, and on Monday, about 40 people were still stranded at a shelter where food and water temporarily ran out.

At least two homes were torn from their foundations in Kauai, HawaiiNewsNow.com reported. Officials said the houses appeared to be empty at the time of the incident. Dozens more homes were reported flooded or otherwise damaged.

Roadways had to be closed due to flooding and debris, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. On Friday, officials shut down Kalanianaole Highway because of flooding that left vehicles stranded in over a foot of water.

As of Sunday night, some 40 evacuees remained at a Red Cross shelter, which had been set up at Hanalei Elementary School. Coralie Chun Matayoshi, chief executive officer of the Red Cross in Hawaii, told the Associated Press that the shelter briefly ran out of food and water when weather grounded helicopters, keeping the Hawaii Guard from delivering supplies to the shelter.

Governor David Ige declared a state of emergency in response to the flooding disaster on Kauai.

Resident Shauna Tuohy told HawaiiNewsNow.com that she was watching television with her mother when brown water suddenly began to pour through a wall in her home in Aina Haina.

"The water came through my mom's bedroom and down the hallway," she said. "There was just a raging river through the house."


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