Take a look at the landslides blocking north shore families on Kauai

Crews work to clean landslides in Waikoko, Wainiha area
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WAINIHA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another round of severe weather is expected this week, enhancing the urgency of clean up efforts for state and county crews on Kauai's north shore.

On Wednesday, Hawaii News Now walked on foot to view some of the landslides that made Kuhio highway impassable by car.

Entire hillsides fell onto the road in multiple areas leaving behind mounds of mud.

Workers on site said their main priority is clearing out what they can before more rain falls, but hillside stabilization will have to wait.

With the ground highly saturated, it won't take much rain to cause heavy flooding.

Because of the landslides, rescuers aren't able to evacuate stranded residents by land. Instead, they're doing it by air and sea with boats and helicopters, and assistance from the Coast Guard and other agencies.

Kauai officials say since Monday, 340 people have been airlifted out of Ha'ena. Relief has also been delivered via air drops and boats.

"We need manpower," volunteer Jade Waialeale Batad of Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina'ala said. "We have kupuna down on the north shore of Wainiha and Haena, and they're going to need people to shovel mud."

Councilman Mel Rapozo said at the earliest, the road to Ha'ena will reopen in three weeks to a month.

"We're going to have people stranded across the river in Wainiha probably closer to a month — so this is not going to end," said Rapozo said. "They're going to need food and water and supplies."

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As homeowners and community members continue to clean up the muddy mess, Hanalei Elementary school will remain closed through this week.

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