Kauai highway, school closed as heavy rains drench the island

Kauai highway, school closed as heavy rains drench the island
Torrential rains sent debris onto Kuhio Highway between Wainiha and Waikoko. (Image: State DOT)
Torrential rains sent debris onto Kuhio Highway between Wainiha and Waikoko. (Image: State DOT)
Several parts of Kuhio Highway remain closed due to heavy rains and flooding on the Garden Isle. (Image: Kauai County)
Several parts of Kuhio Highway remain closed due to heavy rains and flooding on the Garden Isle. (Image: Kauai County)

HANALEI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The National Weather Services said a rain gauge in Hanalei showed rain rates over 4 inches an hour as moisture from Tropical Storm Lane continues to soak parts of the state.

A flash flood warning has been extended until 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, and several roadways have already been affected by the heavy rains.

A flash flood watch remains in place until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

On Monday evening department of Education officials announced that Hanalei Elementary school will be closed due to severe weather conditions in the area. Bus service to Kapaa Middle and High schools has also been suspended.

Officials expect Hanalei Elementary school to resume classes on Wednesday. Students attending Kapaa Middle and High schools who live in Wainiha, Hanalei and Haena will be released from school early and dropped off at their designated bus stops.

Parts of Kuhio Highway, between Waikoko and Wainiha and also before the Hanalei Bridge, will also remain closed due to flooding until further notice, officials said.

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative officials also reported power outages in Haena and Wainiha, but crews are currently unable to reach those areas due to the Kuhio Highway closures.

Green waste services at Hanalei and Kapaa transfer stations are closed Monday, and all lifeguard towers on the north shore are closed until further notice, officials said.

All residents are advised to report any property damage that happened as a result of Lane, including Monday's flash flood event, officials say.

Those whose homes were damaged in the flooding are encouraged to go fill out a Lane damage assessment form on the Kauai County website.

Officials say information from the form determines whether or not Kauai and Hawaii residents will be eligible for federal assistance.

At 12:33 p.m., officials said the Hanalei Bridge had been closed due to flooding. Heavy rain was also moving over the west half of Kauai.

The torrential rains also prompted state Education Department officials to close Hanalei Elementary early on Monday, and send home students from neighboring schools who live on Kauai's north shore.

The state said it would make a decision shortly about whether schools in the area would be closed Tuesday.

This story will be updated. 

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