Flash flood warning expires for Kauai; schools closed

Interactive radar at 10:30 a.m.
Interactive radar at 10:30 a.m.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The flash flood warning is cancelled for the island of Kauai. Weather radar and rain gages showed that the heavy rains have ended. Water levels in streams and rivers remain elevated above normal but are slowly subsiding. Minor road ponding conditions will remain for several hours as runoff slowly diminishes.

The wet weather prompted the Department of Education to close all schools on Kaua'i from 'Ele'ele west as of 11:00 a.m., in addition to Hanalei Elementary.

The latest closures include: ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School, Waimea Canyon Middle School, Waimea High School and Kekaha Elementary School.  Students will be transported via bus to their designated bus stops. 

Also, due to rising levels in the Hanapēpē River earlier this morning, the one-lane bridge on Hanapēpē Road has been closed so that flood barriers can be erected.  Motorists are advised to use an alternate route to Hanapēpē Town.

Ponding has been reported on Kaumuali'i Highway between mile markers 21 and 22 in Pākalā, and in the vicinity of Davidson's Beach, between mile markers 25 and 26 in Kekaha. Kekaha Road is also experiencing ponding between Kala Road and Io Road.  All roads remain open, however, signs have been posted in those areas and motorists are asked to drive with caution.

The county has closed green waste disposal operations at all transfer stations except the Līhu'e Transfer Station.  Green waste is also being accepted at the Kekaha Landfill.

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