200+ Airlifted in Hawaii After 30 Inches of Rain, Landslides

More than 200 Hawaii residents were airlifted from Kauai’s North Shore on Monday after landslides and severe flooding cut off a highway and left them stranded. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports those who were stranded did not have any running water or electricity since the weekend, when rainfall exceeded 32 inches in some parts of the island. An additional 61 people were stranded at a Red Cross shelter in an elementary school after being trapped by flash flood waters, and were subsequently evacuated. The rescue effort is expected to continue Tuesday. On Saturday, residents in the Kalihiwai Valley were evacuated after learning a nearby reservoir was approaching its capacity. They were allowed to return after the dam was inspected and deemed safe.