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Kauai landslide shuts down road, causes power and water outages

WAIMEA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Water service has been fully restored to the Waimea area following landslides that occurred shortly after midnight Sunday along Menehune Road, just north of the Waimea Swinging Bridge.

Officials are now directing alternating traffic flow along Menehune Road, while crews work to clear the roadway of debris. The roadway is expected to be fully reopened by 6 p.m. 

Two landslides occurred within roughly 100 feet of each other, causing several large boulders, trees, and mud to fall along the roadway and surrounding areas. 

Road crews from the Department of Public Works were on scene by 1:30 a.m. and used an excavator and dump trucks to load and haul the large rocks and debris. 

The fallen boulders, ranging from five to fifteen feet in diameter, damaged a nearby water main, which resulted in a water outage for roughly 25 water customers. A crew from the Department of Water repaired the broken line at around noon today, and then worked together with the road crew to repave the roadway.

While there was no structural damage reported in the incident, one of the boulders damaged a home's utility service line, causing that residence to go without power. A crew from the Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) is working to restore power to the home.

Several of the boulders landed in the nearby Menehune Ditch, which caused the ditch to overflow into nearby properties. Several property owners along Menehune Road reported minor flooding in their yards, but none of the homes sustained water damage. 


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