KILAUEA, KAUAI (KHNL) - Crews recovered the body of a female in a Kilauea streambed late Wednesday afternoon. It is the second body found after a dam in northern Kauai burst early Tuesday morning.
It's certainly a tough time for the tight-knit Fehring family on Kauai. Authorities say all seven who were reported missing Tuesday came from the same house, a house that was in the path of the raging waters.
"Oh my God," Amy Marvin, Fehring family friend, said, as she looked out at the toppled trees and mounds of debris. She admitted the situation was grim.
"I just can't imagine," she said. "The sky is crying because it's just really a sad time."
Her long-time friends are among those who vanished, when the Kaloko Dam crumbled Tuesday.
Kauai officials identified the victims as Daniel Arroyo, Alan Dingwall, Aurora Fehring, Rowan Fehring-Dingwall, Christina Macnees, Timothy Noonan and Wayne Rotstein. There's a photo of Alan Dingwall, Aurora Fehring and their son, Rowan, on the family's website.
"My husband and I walked about, I don't know, three miles round-trip along the beach, trying to hopefully find somebody alive or recover something," Marvin said. "We found lots of baby toys and refrigerator and big chunks of house. And we came home feeling like nobody could have survived it."
So far, crews have recovered the body of one of the men.
The water levels at Morita Reservoir are dropping. But emotions in the close-knit community remain high, as the search effort continues.
Kula School is the relief site for search and road-repair crews.
"As much food as we gave them, they were most grateful for the coffee because they were turning around and heading right back out," Denise Dion-Scoyni, site volunteer and Fehring family friend, said.
The folks preparing the meals know the Fehrings well.
"Even though we're providing help here, it's kind of helpless feeling from the standpoint of, you know, it's a waiting game," Dion-Scoyni said.