A Flash Flood Warning that had been in effect for Kauai for much of the day Wednesday has been cancelled as heavy rains finally diminished over the island and streams began to recede, according to the National Weather Service.
Kauai County officials reopened one lane of Kuhio Highway near Hanalei Bridge Wednesday night. Also, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for Kauai and Niihau until late Wednesday night as a stalled cold front responsible for the heavy rains remains close to the Garden Isle.
All the heavy rain prompted several closures on the island.
According to the state Department of Education, Hanalei Elementary School was closed on Wednesday due to severe weather and rising rivers. The American Red Cross was using the school as a shelter, which was open until Wednesday night.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has also closed the Kalalau Trail until further notice. The Kekaha Landfill and green waste services at all transfer stations across the island are also closed, county officials said.
A Brown Water Advisory was also issued for waters around Kauai. The public is asked to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff.
Heavy showers also put a damper on Halloween night on Tuesday. At 5:30 p.m., rain gauges showed flash flooding along the Hanalei Stream.
Be sure to monitor forecasts and be prepared to take action when Flash Flood Warnings are issued. If you experience or see flooding, report it to police or civil defense officials.