Dozens of persons are stranded at a Crimson Cross shelter on Kauai after a storm dropped over 2 ft of rain, inflicting huge flooding and grounding rescue helicopters.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation for the island the place heavy rainfall broken or flooded dozens of houses in Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena and Anahola.

About 40 folks — largely vacationers — have been stranded Sunday at Hanalei Elementary College, the place the American Crimson Cross had opened an evacuation shelter. They briefly ran out of meals and water.

Coralie Chun Matayoshi, chief govt officer of the Crimson Cross in Hawaii, stated the county’s Division of Parks and Recreation provided to ship meals to the evacuees by private watercraft, however a close-by enterprise was additionally coping with flooding and unable to supply the provides to be delivered. The Hawaii Guard provided to ship meals by air, however the climate stored the helicopters grounded.

Officers will proceed rescue efforts when the climate improves.

The Kauai Hearth Division was coordinating with the Coast Guard and the Honolulu Hearth Division to supply air and search and rescue operations on the North Shore.

The Nationwide Climate Service recorded nearly 27 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour interval in Hanalei.

Kauai County spokeswoman Sarah Blane stated county officers needed to name in off-duty firefighters, cops and lifeguards Saturday night time to rescue a few half-dozen individuals who have been trapped by rising floodwaters in Hanalei.

The American Crimson Cross opened evacuation shelters at Kapaa Center College, the Church of the Pacific in Princeville and on the elementary faculty.

There have been no fast stories of accidents.