Kauai County takes precautions ahead of storms

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Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. has issued an emergency declaration in order to provide relief from potential disaster damages, losses and suffering, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Kauai and Niihau.

The Emergency Operations Center has been activated with the mayor, representatives from county, state and federal agencies on the island, including FEMA, along with other entities involved in emergency response.

In anticipation of tropical storm conditions as Iselle approaches the island, the Kauai Bus will cease operations at 12 p.m. Friday.

The following is a list of the final bus routes to run on Friday:

  • Route 100, Kekaha to Lihue – Last bus departs at 11:30 a.m.
  • Route 200, Lihue to Kekaha – Last bus departs at 11:30 a.m.
  • Route 400, Hanalei to Lihue – Last bus leaves at 11:15 a.m.
  • Route 500, Lihue to Hanalei – Last bus leaves at 11:25 a.m.
  • Route 850, Lihue to Wailua – Last bus leaves at 12:30 p.m.
  • Koloa Shuttle – Last shuttle leaves Kalaheo Neighborhood Center at 12:15 p.m.
  • Kapahi Shuttle – Last shuttle to Kapaa State Park at 11:33 a.m.
  • Lihue Shuttle – Last shuttle to leave Kukui Grove Shopping Center at 11:55 a.m.
  • Paratransit service will be provided up until noon.

At this time, the bus is scheduled to resume normal operations on Saturday.

County offices and services will be open Friday until 12 p.m. Any other changes to county operations will be announced.

All county beach parks are closed due to potentially hazardous ocean conditions. “We’re encouraging all of our campers out there as well (to vacate),” Carvalho said. “They’ve been notified to vacate those areas. We did a fly over with a civil air patrol and this also includes our Kalalau and Na Pali Coast where many many people are out there camping and enjoying the trails out there.”

All public schools on Kauai will be closed Friday.

The Port of Nawiliwili will be closed Friday to commercial water operations starting at 4 a.m., while land operations at the facility will remain open.

Residents are encouraged to shelter in place if at all possible; however, emergency shelters have been designated at the following locations on an as-needed basis. Please do not report to any of the shelters until an announcement has been made that they are open. Evacuate only if directed to do so by local officials or if your home is vulnerable to high winds or flooding.

  • Hanalei Elementary School – in case of flash flooding only
  • Kilauea Neighborhood Center
  • Kapaa High School (pet friendly)
  • Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
  • Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center
  • Kauai Humane Society (pets only)
  • Kalaheo Elementary School (pet friendly)
  • Waimea High School (pet friendly)

“We haven’t opened any shelters, but we’ll do that based upon the conditions of the weather and the storm coming our way,” Carvalho said.

For persons with special needs and/or mobility issues, the following shelters would be appropriate: Kilauea Neighborhood Center; Kapaa High School; Kalaheo Elementary School and Waimea High School.

Persons with special needs who come to shelters should bring caregivers, medications and other supports as necessary.

People evacuating to shelters should bring food, water, medicine and any other items they may need while away from home. For pet friendly shelters, pets must remain in crates or kennels. Remember to bring food and water for your pets.

The four HI-5 bottle redemption centers that are operated by Kauai Community Recycling Services (KCRS) will be closed from Friday, Aug. 8 to Monday, Aug. 11. The centers are located in Kilauea behind the Kauai Mini-Golf, in Kapaa in the Arzadon Industrial Park, in Koloa near the fire station and Kekaha near the old sugar mill.

Two of the HI-5 centers operated by Reynolds Recycling, Kapahi and Nāwiliwili, will be open on Friday, Aug. 8 as scheduled. These centers as well as the one located in Lāwa’i will be closed on Saturday. Aug. 9. For updates on the Reynolds Recycling closures, please call (808) 487-2802.

To sign up for Connect CTY, the county’s emergency notification service, click here or call the Kauai Civil Defense Agency at (808) 241-1800.

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