Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Officials try to rescue more people days after Hawaii deluge

Officials try to rescue more people days after Hawaii deluge

Hundreds of people have been airlifted out of risky flood waters within the Hawaiian island Kauai, however, authorities claimed Tuesday the others continue to be stranded at evacuation centers. Thirteen people were still stuck at a shelter in Kilauea, a small town on the northeastern shore, said Coralie Matayoshi with the American Red Cross of Hawaii.

In a news release, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. said, "While this system isn't expected to be as severe as the last one, we will be keeping a close eye on the weather and make the necessary adjustments to keep all our people and visitors safe".

State health officials advise residents in some areas not to drink or cook with tap water as a precautionary measure due to a damaged main line. The downpour of 27 inches of rain in 24 hours caused floods, landslides, destroyed homes and displaced animals. Palettes of water, canned goods, toilet paper, even blankets and clothes are all headed to people stranded on Kauai's North Shore.

The National Weather Service recorded 28.1 inches (71.3 centimeters) of rainfall in Hanalei between 2 a.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday.

Kaui's Governor David Ige has declared the natural disaster a state of emergency and is committed to providing all available resources available to help the citizens of Kauai.

Hanalei Elementary School, the only school closed on Kauai, will keep its doors shut on Wednesday, and anticipates reopening on Thursday.

There have been no studies of injuries.

"It is certainly the hardest storm in recent times", Blane explained.

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