Flash flood warning canceled, flash flood watch still in effect, governor declares Kaua‘i disaster

The National Weather Service canceled a flash flood warning for Kaua‘i as of 4:06 p.m., but a flash flood watch remains in effect through 6 a.m. Wednesday. A high surf warning remains in effect for the east shores of the island, and a high surf advisory is in place for the North Shore.

Lydgate Park has been closed due to flooding and a treated sewage spill from the Wailua Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Kuhio Highway at Kalihiwai Bridge is now open. In the vicinity of Hanalei Bridge, traffic is being diverted to allow traffic to flow in one direction at a time, the Kaua‘i Civil Defense Agency reported. One lane of Kuhio Highway from Hanalei to just before the stream crossing at Ha‘ena Beach Park is now open.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed a disaster proclamation for Kaua‘i and O‘ahu, citing “extreme weather conditions resulting in property damage and losses.” The mayor signed a disaster declaration for the county Monday.

According to the governor’s office, “The proclamation allows for any necessary and appropriate steps to be carried out; and provides for activation of civil defense and other emergency functions to ensure public health and safety.”

Today’s action follows his disaster proclamation Friday that authorized the state Department of Transportation to begin emergency highway repair work on Kuhio Highway near Kilauea in response to a partial collapse of a 15-foot-diameter culvert running beneath the highway.

Roads that remained closed this evening were: Kuhio Highway near Ha‘ena Beach Park, Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of Mile Marker 22.5 in Kilauea, Kapa‘a Bypass Road, and Wa‘apa Road between the Niumalu Road and Wilcox Road junction in Nawiliwili.

A high surf warning is  in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday for east-facing shores of Kaua‘i. A surf advisory for north-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau has been extended until 6 p.m. Wednesday, with surf 12 feet to 16 feet high expected in some areas. A high surf advisory for west-facing shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau was canceled this morning.

Schools closed today were: Hanalei School, Kilauea Elementary School, Kapa‘a Elementary School, Kapa‘a Middle School, Kapa‘a High School, Island School and Kanuikapono Public Charter School in Anahola.

Hanalei Elementary School will be closed Wednesday, but Kanuikapono Public Charter School in Anahola will be open.

Only the Church of the Pacific in Princeville remained open this evening as a resting area. The emergency shelter at Kapa‘a Middle School closed at about 4 p.m.

Green waste services at all transfer stations on Kaua‘i have been suspended until further notice, the county reported. Only the Kekaha Landfill is accepting green waste today.

For more information on major road closures, call 241-1725.

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