Closures, cancellations announced with flash flood warning in effect on Kauai

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The Hanalei River Upstream gage appears to be malfunctioning, and a repair crew is being dispatched, according to the United States Geological Survey.

A flash flood warning remains in effect for the island of Kauai until 3:45 p.m.

Radar indicated continued showers over the entire island of Kauai. The heavier showers and thunderstorms have tapered off in the past couple of hours, however, grounds remain very saturated and rain continues.

The County of Kauai announced the following closures and notices:

  • Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge is closed until further notice.
  • The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Hanalei Elementary School.
  • Kauai Island Utility Cooperative restored power in areas of the North Shore.
  • The 3 p.m. Kapaa Sunshine Market at the Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex has been canceled.
  • The Kekaha Landfill and the Kekaha HI5 Redemption Center are closed due to heavy rains and unsafe conditions.
  • A Brown Water Advisory has been being issued, and the Department of Health is advising the public to stay out of the water.
  • The Ocean Safety Bureau announced that the Kee and Haena beach lifeguard towers are closed until further notice.
  • Grove Farm has announced that the access road to Mahaulepu is closed until further notice.
  • The state Department of Education has announced that Hanalei Elementary School is closed for classes today.
  • The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has closed the Kalalau Trail until further notice.
  • Green waste services at all transfer stations across the island are closed, including white goods, tires, and scrap metal collections at the Hanapepe transfer station.

Heavy rains are occurring over the islands, according to the National Weather Service. The warning may be extended, dropped or modified as conditions develop.

A flash flood warning means flash flooding is imminent or occurring in streams, roads and low-lying areas. Do not cross fast-flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot.

Ponding, low visibility and other hazardous driving conditions are expected. If you must drive, please do so with extreme caution.

For updates on road conditions and closures, call 241-1725. Do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.

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