HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A flash flood warning for the island of Kauai has been extended until 5:45 p.m.
Kauai County officials are urging Anahola residents that live in the vicinity of the Anahola Bridge and Kikoo Loop to move to higher ground due to major flooding in the area.
At 2:23 p.m. heavy rainfall has diminished over Kauai but runoff levels remain very high with the Hanalei river gage reporting water levels above flood stage. Kauai civil defense reported that Kamalu road near the Wailua homesteads park and Olohena road near Kapaa middle school were closed due to flooding.
Kuhio highway at the Hanalei bridge remains closed.
Locations in the warning include north and east Kauai.
Due to hazardous weather conditions on Kaua'i, the public is urged to stay off the roadways except when necessary and to stay away from streams and low-lying areas including beaches.
In the Kapaa and Wailua areas:
- Kamalu Road in the vicinity of Wailua Homesteads Park is closed due to flooding.
- Olohena Road in the vicinity of the bridge is closed due to flooding. The bridge is located west of Kapa‘a Middle School.
- Police have closed both lanes of Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of the Aloha Beach Resort, and traffic is being diverted to Leho Drive.
On the north shore:
Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of mile marker 22.5 is closed due to a failed culvert. Northbound traffic is being diverted to Kolo Road, while southbound traffic is being redirected to Pili Road.
On the north shore and Anahola, only one-way traffic is being allowed on the following sections of Kuhio Highway:
- Mile marker 24.5 in the vicinity of the Kalihiwai Bridge
- Mile marker 14 in Anahola
Serious ponding has been reported in the following areas:
- Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of Mailihuna Road
- Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of the Kaiakea fire station
- Kuhio Highway at both ends of Papaloa Road has major flooding across the entire roadway
- Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of the Wailua Golf Course
- Rice Street in the vicinity of the Anchor Cove Shopping Center.
Officials say Hanalei Elementary School is closed Monday. Residents in low lying areas should move to higher ground.
The public is advised to stay away from rising water.
The warning may be extended beyond 5:45 p.m. if flash flooding persists.