As floodwaters recede, Kauai begins slow process of assessing damage

Several homes damaged in Koloa flooding
Updated: Aug. 29, 2018 at 5:49 PM HST
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KOLOA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Widespread flash flooding earlier this week damaged a number of homes on Kauai, including in Koloa.

On Wailaau Road, one of the areas that is still recovering from April's historic rainstorm, the county encouraged residents to voluntarily evacuate for several hours Tuesday as the nearby stream began to flood.

Elizabeth Kane says she decided to stay put at home, and says she's glad she did because the heavy rain soaked through her roof.

"The rain was so torrential. I was sitting in my kitchen and after awhile the ceiling, the interior part of the kitchen just caved in," she said. "A big chunk fell in because there was so much rain, and then shortly after ... another piece fell in so I have a big gaping hole in my kitchen."

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Koloa resident Alfred Libunao said the floodwaters rose quickly.

"As you can still see there's still work that needs to be done as far as cleaning out the streams," he said.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho walked Koloa on Wednesday to check on residents and their homes.

He said the county has been working to keep the streams clear to help prevent flooding, but he says there needs to be more partnerships with different landowners to help clear debris.

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