The Hawaiian island of Kauai received torrential downpours over the weekend, causing major flooding. The town of Hanalei received 28.15 inches of rain over a 24-hour period, which is just shy of the town’s 28.54 inches over 24 hours back in 2012.
The flash flood warning was finally lifted early on Monday morning, but the damages are still being assessed while rescues of flood survivors are currently happening. According to Hawaii News Now, “The exact number of rescues is unclear, but so far, no major injuries have been reported.”
Both the mayor of Kauai and the governor have signed emergency proclamations for the island and relief efforts are getting underway. At least two homes were destroyed, with dozens of others damaged from flooding. Mudslides are also being reported, with Kuhio Highway remaining impassable in several areas.
At the moment, the extent of the damage is still unknown. Many in the surf world have taken to social media to express thoughts and signs of support for those affected by the flooding on the Garden Isle, using the hashtag #PrayForKauai.
The island of Kauai was devastated this weekend by unprecedented rainfall resulting in catastrophic flooding. Haven't seen much about this on the news, but just wanted everyone to prepare to come to the aide of this beautiful island and the people that call Kauai home. If you've ever been there or ever want to go there, the time is NOW to give back and help! 📹 @dahui.hawaii @jessemerlejones @evanvaliere @lyndieirons @barcalive @jdironskauai #kauai
Looks like my photo went viral. My next door neighbor told me that the buffalo had been washed into Hanalei bay and were being herded back to shore. My wife two daughters and myself went to Hanalei and saw a kayaker trying to get this one back to shore. When I arrived he was obviously exhausted but glad to be back on shore. Two guys were trying to lasso him and he was not about to let anyone be in control of him. He was ready to charge at any of the three of us. I had to cross a small river to get to him but am stoked I got a shot that sums up the beauty and danger of the last few days on the north shore of Kaua'i. #hanaleibuffalo #myphotos #hanaleiflood #kauai #hawaii #photocredit #originalcontent #princeville #stregisprinceville #hanalei #hanaleibay
Stay tuned to ASN for updates on Kauai and future information how to help with relief efforts.
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