Kauai News

Portion of Kūhiō Highway Closed; Flood Watch in Effect

Posted January 2, 2022, 10:30 AM HST ·Updated January 2, 10:12 AM

The county reports a portion of Kūhiō Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge is closed as a flood watch remains in effect for the majority of the day on Kaua‘i.

Ponding, low visibility and other hazardous driving conditions could happen. If you must drive, do so with extreme caution. The flood watch is in effect through 6 p.m. today.

A moist and unstable airmass will bring heavy showers and a few thunderstorms to the island today in areas that have seen significant rainfall during the past couple days, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu. Any training of these heavy showers and thunderstorms could result in flash flooding.

Flood prone roads and other low lying areas could be closed due to elevated runoff and overflowing streams. Urban areas might receive more significant flooding and property damage because of rapid runoff, the NWS says.

Do not cross fast-flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot.

For updates about road conditions and closures, call 241-1725. Do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.

For weather updates, call the National Weather Service automated weather line at 245-6001, or click here.

The county also reported Sunday morning that because of muddy conditions, green waste is closed at the Kapa‘a refuse transfer station. However, all other transfer stations on the island are open.

To sign up for Blackboard Connect, the county’s emergency notification service, go to the county’s website or call the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at 241-1800.