Landslide closes Kauai road

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:26:26 PM HST   Updated On: Dec 02 2013 05:33:31 PM HST

Deborah Daly

WAIMEA, Hawaii -

Menehune Road in Waimea was closed Monday morning due to a landslide that occurred overnight Sunday, according to Kauai police.

Police responded to the scene shortly after midnight to find large boulders, tree branches and mud covering Menehune Road, just north of the Waimea Swinging Bridge.  The fallen boulders, ranging from 5-to-15-feet in diameter, damaged a water main and obstructed nearby ditches, causing minor flooding to surrounding areas.

The water main break resulted in a water outage for roughly 25 water customers. Crews from the Department of Water responded and estimated that repairs would take roughly two to three hours.

The landslide also damaged one home's utility service line, causing that residence to go without power. The Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative reports that its crews will begin repairs as soon as the roadway is cleared.

Road crews from the Department of Public Works have been on scene since 3 a.m. and continued to work to clear the roadway of rocks and other debris.

Water service has been fully restored.  The roadway was expected to be opened by 6 p.m.

PHOTOS: Waimea landslide

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