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Storm pounds Garden Isle

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HANALEI (KHNL) - Throughout the day, the Garden Isle has been hit the hardest. For a few hours, residents there were under a tornado warning.

Kauai had more than its share of sprinkles Saturday. On the east side in Kapaa, Carrie Newhouse's Carried Away Cafe almost literally followed its namesake.

"Oh my god, it was just crazy flooding, the water was rushing in off the street here, the street was flooded and it came all the way through the restaurant, it was up to my mid-thigh," she said.

But she remained open. She says people still need to eat and drink despite the heavy rain.

On the north shore in Hanalei, the taro farms were flooded. Just down the road, the Hanalei Bridge flooded and remains closed, keeping people there from coming into town.

On the west side in Hanapepe, the major flooding didn't seem to stop a few drivers.

"This is the worst I've ever seen it, probably the only thing that would ever compare to it is the 40 days and 40 nights of rain, it's pretty awesome," Hanapepe resident Aiona Francisco said.

"This is probably the worst place, we just came from the school and they had some flooding, canyon school, but this is probably the worst so far and i know on menehune road, pass the swinging bridge it's all flooded, i have a friend who lives there and she's under water," Waimea resident Helen Percival said.

The flooding also shutdown a few pumps at a gas station in Kapaa.

"It's an ongoing problem with flooding when it rains like this," Chevron's Yolanda Correira said.

Nearby, in Wailua, the front of the Coconut Marketplace looked like a small lake.

For Newhouse and many others, it was a day that'll keep their minds flooded with memories for years to come.

"The refrigerator was floating, we almost lost the rabbit, but I saved him, he's all dry now, but I still haven't dried out from it," she said. "Everything was floating, I thought the whole place was going to flood away."

Despite all the rain and flooding, there were no reports of any major accidents or injuries.

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