HANALEI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Just as Kauai is in the midst of recovering from historic flooding that caused widespread destruction across the Garden Isle, the hardest-hit areas were once again dealt a blow early Friday as heavy rains and rising waters put the region back into the danger zone.
Although the flash flood warning that was in effect for the northern part of the island has expired, communities continue to cope with flooding impacts from earlier in the morning.
The National Weather Service said just before 4:15 a.m., gauge reports along the Hanalei River indicated a rapid rise in water level — up to seven feet. Radar also showed a spot of heavy rain over the interior section of the island.
Officials said Kuhio Highway is closed at Haena Beach Park due to rushing water caused by the rain. This closure is in addition to other closures along Kuhio Highway after last weekend's heavy rains caused multiple landslides to block portions of the road.
Forecasters also said the rise in the level of the Hanalei River "may impact the Kuhio Highway at the Hanalei River bridge."
Affected areas included Princeville, Anahola, Kilauea, Moloaa, Wainiha and Hanalei.
Because the ground is still saturated in many areas, forecasters say it doesn't take much rain to trigger flash flooding.
Meanwhile, a flash flood watch remains posted for the entire state with the potential for heavy rains and thunderstorms.
This story will be updated.