Kauai Mobilizes Weather Response

The federal, state and county officials staffing Kauai's Emergency Operating Center are continuing their work in the aftermath of heavy rains, road closures and other damage. The center was activated Tuesday following the breaching of a dam and a resultant road closure. On Wednesday morning, Gov. Linda Lingle went to Kauai to evaluate the situation, and Kauai Gov. Bryan Baptiste on Tuesday issued an emergency declaration for the island. At press time, the road to Princeville and Hanalei was still closed, but work was under way to reopen it, with Wednesday afternoon being a target. In the meantime, travelers heading to or from Kauai's North Shore have been able to enter and leave the area by way of helicopter service operating from Princeville. The island's daily newspaper, The Garden Island, is posting updates at [www.kauaiworld.com].

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