PHOTOS, VIDEO: Hawai‘i DOT Assesses Kaua‘i Flood Damage
HDOT crews from Kaua‘i, O‘ahu and Maui have accessed the areas via helicopter, boat and by hiking in and are assisting with the repairs and recovery.
A damage assessment has confirmed multiple landslides blocking Kuhio Highway; two areas on the road have suffered structural damage—Waikoko and Wainiha.
HDOT is designing plans to repair and support the roadways to allow for emergency access through effected areas as soon as it is safe. After emergency access is provided, crews will work to restore the entire width of Kuhio Highway.
While crews are repairing the two structurally damaged areas, clearing of debris on the Lumahai end will continue. HDOT is working with contractors in the Wainiha area to start clearing out that end as well. Six larger landslides and six smaller landslides have been discovered and thousands of pounds of mud, trees and debris must be cleared from the roadway to allow passage by vehicle.
Because of the terrain and load restricted bridges along the route, smaller trucks must be utilized for recovery operations. HDOT is exploring options to improve the infrastructure to allow larger vehicles into the area to speed recovery efforts.
Before the highway can be reopened the following will have to occur:
- Clear and remove the mud, trees and debris from the roadway;
- Inspect and stabilize the mauka slopes to ensure they are clear of falling debris and sloughing material;
- Stabilize the two areas of roadway that suffered structural damage in Wainiha and Waikoko.
A definitive timeframe has not been established; however, it will take time to provide emergency and full access to the highway, especially if more wet weather passes over the island. HDOT is providing this information to allow residents, visitors and the visitor industry to assist in their own planning and decision making.
People needing assistance as a result of the flooding and storm should contact the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at (808) 241-1800.
Kauai #hitraffic update: This is new video of Hanalei Bridge. The water level has reached 14.6 feet. Kuhio Hwy remains closed in the both directions. Avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/DlbY9ABWnS
— Hawaii DOT (@DOTHawaii) April 16, 2018
For updates on road conditions and closures, call (808) 241-1725. Do not call Kaua‘i police 911 unless you have an emergency.