Kaua`i Bears the Brunt Of High Winds and Surf

LIHU`E, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — Maintenance workers with the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources have begun the process of cleaning up from the weekend’s powerful winter storm. State parks on Kaua’i got the brunt of damaging winds. At Koke’e and Waimea Canyon State Parks, strong winds brought down numerous trees, power, and telephone lines. A waterline was severed when a tree fell on it, and 150,000 gallons drained from the park’s main tank. Power is currently out in the parks and without it pumps are inoperable and eventually, the tank could run dry. The leak has been identified and isolated and repairs are beginning. Carswell, Camp Sloggett and the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement cabin are currently without water. Heavy surf and high winds broke nine vessels away from their off-shore moorings on Maui and Molokai. At the Lahaina, Small Boat Harbor on Maui six boats ended up on rocks on the shoreline. Two boats came ashore in Kihei one on Molokai. Also on Maui, a 66-year-old California man died in the rough surf off the northwest shore. Elsewhere on Kaua’i, wind blew the roof off the Russian Fort Elizabeth comfort station and crews are in the process of fixing it. One half of the Fern Grotto trail in Wailua River State Park is closed because of fallen trees and crews are also working to clear it.

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