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Update: Flash Flood Warning Canceled, Portion of Kūhiō Highway Remains Closed

Posted February 17, 2021, 8:14 AM HST ·Updated February 17, 9:28 AM

UPDATE: Due to the closure of Kūhiō Highway, Ocean Safety officials have announced that the Kē‘ē and Hā‘ena beach lifeguard towers will remain closed today until further notice.

The state Department of Education announced that Hanalei Elementary School is closed today.

Additionally, the Kapa‘a Refuse Transfer Station green waste is currently closed due to weather conditions. The KCRS Kilauea Redemption Site will open at 9 a.m. Follow transfer station updates at www.kauai.gov/transferstations.

8:05 AM HST Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021: National Weather Service in Honolulu

A flash flood warning is canceled, however a flash flood watch remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms have moved offshore and stream levels are dropping. Kaua‘i Emergency Management reports that Kūhiō Highway remains closed at the Hanalei Bridge, though flood waters are receding.

A brown water advisory has also been issued for the Garden Island. Heavy rain has resulted in stormwater runoff entering into coastal waters. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris.

Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, however, if the water is brown stay out.