Kauai wants tourists to help island overcome flood damage by continuing to come

This April 15 image taken from video provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows flooding along Kauai’s Hanalei Bay. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Verdura/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

Emilie Johnson carries her baby while walking toward Anahola Beach in Anahola on the island of Kauai. (Jan Snarski/via AP)

HONOLULU — Residents and businesses are still cleaning up from flooding that deluged parts of Kauai, but community leaders are urging tourists to keep coming so residents don’t suffer an economic calamity on top of record-breaking rains that smothered a normally green landscape in reddish-brown water.