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State: Only road into 2 flood-devastated Kauai communities won't reopen for weeks

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LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The only highway into and out of the flood-devastated communities of Wainiha and Haena isn't expected to partially reopen for at least two more weeks.

That's according to the state Transportation Department, which continues to work to clear debris from Kuhio Highway.

The highway was blocked by over a dozen landslides in last weekend's historic flooding, and at least two slopes need to be stabilized.

Officials said they hope to open one lane to Wainiha and Haena by May 7.

In the meantime, the only way out of the communities remains by air or by boat. 

“I’m grateful to our team working to reestablish access to these communities in the Hanalei district,” said Gov. David Ige, in a news release.

“The state will continue to partner with and support Kauai County in their recovery efforts and hope to see these devastated areas make a full recovery with the reassurance that we’re doing everything we can to ensure Kuhio Highway is safe and passable.”

Officials said they're focusing on stabilizing slopes on the highway in two sites, one in Waikoko and one east of Wainiha Bridge No. 1.

Meanwhile, the state said once assessments and designs are completed, a timeline for the full opening of Kuhio Highway will be provided.

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