Severe rainfall strands dozens at Hawaii evacuation shelter

Destructive Flooding and Mudslides Batter Parts of Hawaii

Severe rainfall strands dozens at Hawaii evacuation shelter

Over the course of a 24-hour period, Kauai island in Hawaii was flooded with over 27 inches of rain. The Associated Press reported Red Cross shelters were housing about 40 people after flooding swamped dozens of homes and knocked out power to more on Kauai's north shore. Volunteers have been trying to get food and water into the shelter through the raging floods. She said rescuers will continue rescue operations throughout the day as the weather allows.

The Red Cross said that by this afternoon, flood waters had receded enough for the remaining group to be taken by bus to another shelter.

For those who decide to leave, officials are warning it's unclear when they'll be able to return because of landslides still blocking parts of Kuhio Highway.

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"Honestly, I've never seen such extensive flooding and flash flood runoff kind of damage that we've witnessed and experienced out there", said Elton Ushio, Kauai Emergency Management Agency administrator.

"While we have a long road to recovery ahead of us, we are incredibly grateful for everyone who has stepped to the plate to help in one way or another", Carvalho said. But Kauai County spokeswoman Sarah Blane said the helicopters were grounded when heavy rainfall continued into the evening.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. At least two homes were destroyed, with dozens of others damaged from flooding.

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She said most of those rescued were visitors and had no running water or electricity since the weekend.

It's most likely that the rainfall over Hanalei that caused widespread flooding Saturday night set a new record, but a lost gage will make it hard to verify, according to National Weather Service officials. "It's highly likely that the record was broken by heavy rainfall after the gauge stopped recording", said meteorologist Chevy Chevalier.

Meredith Zietz, who was still trapped in her Hanalei home Monday, posted video of a skittish bison as it dashed through her waterlogged yard. She said she believed it was from a buffalo farm near the Hanalei River.

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James Hennessy says he maneuvered his flooded street on a standup paddleboard to check on neighbors.

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