State to Kauai flood evacuees: We don't know when you'll be able to go home

Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 at 6:10 AM HST
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LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rescue and relief efforts were to continue Tuesday morning in communities in Kauai devastated by flooding.

Here's what those in the area need to know:

For those choosing to stay in northern Kauai, emergency supplies can be picked up at Camp Naue or at the Hanalei Colony Resort.

For those who decide to leave, officials are warning it's unclear when they'll be able to return because of landslides still blocking parts of Kuhio Highway.

That said, crews were able to reopen a portion of Kuhio Highway near the Hanalei Bridge Monday.

Meanwhile, residents in some communities are being urged not to drink or cook with tap water until further notice.

A "do not drink" advisory was issued for Wainiha and Haena, while customers in Princeville, Anini Vista, Kalihiwai Bay Estates, Kapaka Road and Hanalei Plantation Road are being asked to conserve water.

Authorities say the scope of the devastation is "extensive," but that a full assessment of the number of damaged homes and businesses is not yet available.

"Honestly, I've never seen such extensive flooding and flash flood runoff kind of damage that we've witnessed and experienced out there," said Elton Ushio, Kauai Emergency Management Agency administrator. "Landslides, several river and stream gauges washed away because the flood waters were more than what they could sustain."

This story will be updated. 

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