LIHUE, KAUAI - Air rescue operations have commenced on the North Shore area of Kauai, in response to the heavy rain and severe flooding that continues to affect the island. 

The American Red Cross has opened evacuation shelters at Kapa'a Middle School, the Church of the Pacific in Princeville, and at Hanalei Elementary School in Hanalei. Lihue Walmart donated two pallets of water for the shelter at The Church of the Pacific in Princeville.

The Kauai Fire Department is coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard to provide air and search and rescue operations on the North Shore. A Honolulu Fire Department helicopter and rescue crew is being deployed to provide support.