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Waimea Valley Residents Affected by Mudslides Urged to Evacuate

Kaloko Reservoir after the dam burst Tuesday Kaloko Reservoir after the dam burst Tuesday
Damage along the Wailapa stream, Kuhio Highway at lower left Damage along the Wailapa stream, Kuhio Highway at lower left

(KHNL)  Officials with the Kaua'i Police Department are encouraging residents in Waimea Valley to evacuate their homes if they are affected by heavy flooding and mudslides in the area.

The Waimea Neighborhood Center is now open for those residents who need to seek shelter.  The Kalaheo and Kilauea neighborhood centers and Kula School have been open since Tuesday morning.

As a precautionary measure, emergency crews are draining Morita Reservoir and are preparing to drain Ka Loko Reservoir in Kîlauea next.

Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of Kilauea between mile markers 21 and 22 remain closed, but according to a Department of Transportation official, they hope to have one lane open by Wednesday afternoon.

Rain is expected to continue to fall on Kaua'i through Friday.

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