Waterworld: Kaua‘i still reeling from deluge

LIHU‘E —The National Weather Service has extended its flood watch to 4 a.m. Saturday and is forecasting possible heavy showers and thunderstorms through tonight, then lessening on Saturday.

“The latest advisory should make us all cautious and alert for the possibility of another flash flood warning,” Theodore Daligdig III, manager of the county’s Civil Defense Agency, said in a news statement Thursday.

State and county agencies have been preparing and staging equipment and supplies in the event that flooding may again close highways and roads, a county news release states.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie declared an emergency for Kaua‘i and O‘ahu Wednesday, then extended it Thursday afternoon as more storms approached, reports the Associated Press. The House Finance Committee is setting aside $12 million to help the Garden Isle recover from sewage spills and to repair roads damaged by flooding.

The county announced Thursday that Lydgate Park and Wailua Golf Course will remain closed today. The golf course is expected to reopen to walk-in golfers only on Saturday. The park’s reopening is pending guidance from the Department of Health, given a recent sewage spill at the treatment plant near Lydgate.

A Lydgate Park beach cleanup scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.

The Garden Isle Drag Racing Association races scheduled for Saturday in Mana have also been canceled due to weather concerns.

“We encourage everyone to keep their emergency preparedness kits up to date at all times,” Daligdig said in the release, which noted that an ample supply of food, water and necessary medication should always be on hand.

For up-to-date information on the weather, visit the National Weather Service online at www.prh.noaa.gov/pr/hnl/.

For information on road closures, call 241-1725.

The National Weather Service predicts a return to more typical tradewind weather after the weekend.

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