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Search For Kaua'i Flood Victims Called Off

Sen. Daniel Akaka Tours Kaua'i Damage Sen. Daniel Akaka Tours Kaua'i Damage
Wayne Rotstein                                                                                Image Courtesy: Honolulu Advertiser Wayne Rotstein Image Courtesy: Honolulu Advertiser
Aurora Fehring, Alan Dingwall & their son Rowan Fehring-Dingwall Aurora Fehring, Alan Dingwall & their son Rowan Fehring-Dingwall
Daniel Arroyo & Christina Macnees Daniel Arroyo & Christina Macnees

(KHNL) Just about anyone on the island of Kaua'i will tell you they've had enough of the rain.

But that doesn't matter to mother nature.

More showers fell on the Garden Isle Wednesday and they came as crews were busy at work inspecting the island's reservoirs.

Also on Wednesaday, rescue teams called off the search for the four people still missing since last week's dam break.

Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste says the searchers found no signs of the victims.

They are: Daniel Arroyo, Rowan Fehring-Dingwall, Wayne Rotstein and Timothy Noonan.

According to the Department of Land and Natural resources all 54 Kaua'i reservoirs have been inspected, although engineers will return to Ahukini, Alexander and Twin reservoirs on Thursday.

And by the end of the week, they should have a preliminary assessment of those bodies of water.

U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka took a helicopter tour of the devastated area on Wednesday.

"The helicopter fly-over gave me a real good look at the damage and I could see the incredible power of nature," said Senator Akaka.

He talked not only about the incredible damage, but also spoke about the state's ability to deal with disasters.

"Kaua'i really is a model and Hawaii really is a model for taking care of disasters," he said. "The spirit of the people of Kaua'i is great."

Akaka added that legislation has been introduced in congress that would require stronger dam assessments nationwide.

And speaking of assessments, federal inspectors should be done with their work in the next two days.

After that, a decision will be made whether to seek a federal disaster declaration - which could send the state even more money.

In addition to the calls for regular dam maintenance, there is also talk about setting up warning systems for those who live around high hazard dams...maybe even putting in danger areas in the phone books like we have now for inundation zones.

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