Unusually heavy rainfall and flooding
caused a dam on the Kaloko Reservoir in the Kialuea area on the
north shore of Kauai to break Tuesday morning leading authorities to close the Kuhio Highway -- the only
way to or from the islands north shore, leaving some people
stranded, according to Winfred Pong, a project manager for the
Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Seven people were
reported missing, and one man was found dead, according to the
Kauai Civil Defense Agency.
An earthen dam at
the nearby Morita Reservoir, where the displaced water from the
Kaloko Reservoir is flowing, also is in danger of failing,
according to civil defense officials.
Some visitors in the
area of the flooding were unable to make their flights due to the
road closure, but state and county officials are working to
accommodate people who are stranded, Pong said.
Karleen Abalos of
the Kauai Civil Defense Agency reported that with seven people
missing and so much pressure on the dams because of the dam that
broke, we didnt want to take a chance on opening the
But, Pong said, Work
crews are stabilizing and repairing the roadway now. We expect it
to reopen soon on a one-lane contra-flow basis.
The Kauai Marriott
Resort and Beach Club closed 25 rooms because of flooding, but
reported on Wednesday that the rain had slowed to scattered
A flash flood watch
is in effect through Thursday, Pong said, which means that flash
flooding is possible.
reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].