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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 11:06 a.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Dam bursts on Kaua'i

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Advertiser Staff and News Services

The Kaloko Reservoir dam burst this morning, releasing more than 300 million gallons of water down the North Shore of Kaua'i.

The Coast Guard reported at least seven people missing and the flood reportedly washed away some farm buildings and housing. At least one man was pulled safely from the flood waters this morning.

Emergency workers on Kaua'i are also working to divert water from the Waita Reservoir on the Garden Island's south shore. The Waita Reservoir is the largest man-made reservoir in the state and is near the town of Koloa.

Mary Daubert, a public information officer for the county of Kaua'i, said at 9:30 a.m. that a 100-yard wide swath of water from the breached Kaloko dam was rushing across Kuhio Highway near Wailapa Road in Kilauea. The highway is impassible, Daubert said. The Kilauea Community Center and Kula School are being used as shelters for displaced North Shore residents, she said.

In addition, civil defense officials were urging residents of Koloa who live along Waikomo Stream to evacuate.