George Town flooded by rough seas

| 22/12/2018 | 84 Comments
Cayman News Service

George Town Harbour flooded December 2018

(CNS): Rough seas with high waves closed parts of the George Town waterfront Friday night and continued Saturday as the harbour front and cargo port were flooded. The police warned motorists to avoid North Church and South Church Streets after closing off the roads. Waterfront bars and restaurants were all closed on what should have been a busy holiday weekend for George Town businesses. 

The rough weather tore up the fish market and flung sand and seaweed all across the road, creating hazardous conditions in the downtown area.

According to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service, the rough seas could last until Christmas Eve. Forecasters have issued a small craft warning and called for rough seas with wave heights of 6 to 8 feet.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Just a good old fashioned Nor’wester. Nothing to be alarmed about.

    • Ron Ebanks says:

      So old fashion the nor’wester should be part of our heritage.

    • Ron Ebanks says:

      Speaking of the private beach at Balboa . The sand , is that sand natural, or dyed that color? If dyed what will happen now that most of the sand I assume is washed out in the water ? And what is it going to cause .

  2. Anonymous says:

    If the new dock had been built already it would have blocked most of the waves.
    Over where chocolate box used to be before royal watler that whole side would be flooded. Once Royal Watler was built it doesn’t get hardly a drop of waves anymore.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes CHEC get it built now!

    • Anonymous says:

      Seems like all a unna just reach! Unna nah seen a good Cayman Nor”wester yet! That was nuttin. Too many Johnny -Come- Lately experts on Cayman on this site. It’s a force of nature peeps, Been happening since what is now called the Cayman Islands was pushed up from the deep millennia ago.

    • Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      Wave dynamics. Google it.

    • Ron Ebanks says:

      You Kool ade drinker , what do you think that the pier would have done to stop or prevented the ocean waves from doing anything . That would have been flooded just like the streets .

  3. Anonymous says:

    Mother Nature saying to the building of the Port “Hold Daat- You Ain’t Seen Nuttin Yet Bobo”!

  4. Anonymous says:

    And they’re proposing to generate power using an OTEC plant fed by a floating platform? LOL, watch the videos of this and then tell me it’s a viable option.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yep, let’s dredge GT harbor more, it’ll be ok we don’t need the roads anymore or maybe the first row of buildings.

    • Anonymous says:

      No first row of buildings – now that would be fantastic!

      A wide open space alone the waterfront with a clear view of one of the most beautiful harbours around.

      • Anonymous says:

        We don’t actually have a harbour. It is just calm on the west side most of the time so we dock there. By definition a harbour is a sheltered area with deep anchorage.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Been a regular visitor since 1975. I am appalled at what is happening to the west side of the island. But that’s why they call me NorthSideSue.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Think the new port development should now be shelved or relocated. It is now obvious it cannot be placed in George Town. Why doesn’t the Government look at developing George Town similar to Camana Bay? The infrastructures are already there i.e. restaurants, stores, etc. plus the view of the sunset is far more beautiful than Camana Bay canals. Smells better too!!. Hypehatically if the port is built at Spotts or in East End, there would be so many benefits to the island (taxi drivers and tour operators included) without destroying beautiful Hog Sty Bay.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sure, with the beautiful port cranes, and shipping containers and 3rd world country electrical poles . And the cruise shipper have the beautiful view of the dump. Yes beautiful. Please don’t change anything.

  8. Just sayin...... says:

    Will any of the Port Authority staff be held accountable for what appeared to be checking the water levels using the tires of their trucks. This is deliberate abuse of PACI assets.

    On another note, can Government now be convinced that with or without the cruise piers, they will not be able to be used on days such as we just had.

  9. Anonymous says:

    NO EIA needed here!…. mother nature showed us for free! No wonder the support continues strongly behind the Cruise Port Referendum (CPR) ….. everyone that has signed that petition see’s the concerns with the whole project except our so called leaders! Keep up the great work CPR and all your amazing volunteers! #fortheloveofcayman

    • Anonymous says:

      3.20pm That’s right, support is so strong yhat in 6mths tjhey still can’t reach 5288 signatures. By the time they do this petition will be outdated and they will have to ask a different question and try to get a new petition.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Waiting for the “If the RCIPS has been doing their job, this would never have happened.” quotes.

  11. Anonymous says:

    How did the private beach at Balboa make out? Has the imported sand been exported?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Sad long time visitor watching these beautiful islands being sold to the highest bidder maybe Mother Nature can stop it

  13. Anonymous says:

    Place needed a good cleaning out anyway

  14. Anonymous says:

    Get ready for a lot more of these types of floodings with the sea rising and global warming increasing. Already a regular occurence along the coasts of Florida. New buildings should not be allowed to be built so close to the water especially on Seven Mile Beach.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Now all the corals, fish, sidewalks and streets are going to die from the silt…..

    • Anonymous says:

      How does a road die?

    • Anonymous says:

      9.28am Obviously a newcomer or you would know this is nothing new. The harbour will be just beautiful in a few days.Just an old fashioned Nor’wester .. Cayman has seen a lot of these in the past. We’ve had shrimp boats deposited high and dry on the ironshore on South Churh St ( one would have thought that a crane had placed it there). So not to worry , all will be back to normal in a blink.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The weather signed the Port Petition!

  17. Anonymous says:

    And the new dock will defy mother nature. Every winter we have rough and high seas and every winter during high season the ships go to spotts.

    So smart. It’s greed. Kirk’s just wants more and more. And they don’t even need it. Greed and selfishness at the expense of the greater good, population and the environment.

    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder if people don’t realize that the only time of the year that spots is smooth is when George town is rough

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’m not being cynical but some parts of GT could do with a good wash! Certain areas and buildings are looking a bit run down.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Could ships have been docked at a Pier? lol

  20. Anonymous says:

    New cruise port?

  21. Anonymous says:

    At least this was Mother Nature, and not the National Museum inconveniencing everyone.

  22. Anonymous says:

    It was Alden’s fault.

  23. Anonymous says:

    jesus is coming! signs of the times….accept or not…he is coming….

  24. Anonymous says:

    You ain’t seen nuttin yet.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Well ,where is Moses and Alden ? Wonder if they went to the water front ?and that’s only a small front .

  26. Anonymous says:

    Let this be a reminder the sea levels is rising.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I’m just visiting to see yet if some idiot has said how the cruise ships could still come in and passengers disembark in this weather if we had the new cruise ship dock.

    • Anonymous says:

      No one said that ships would be able to load or offload passengers during a Nor’wester. But please note that the port is protected for far more days than it is closed due to Nor’westers. If the piers were placed at Spotts thhey would be exposed for as many days as they would be protected. Just saying.

      • alaw says:

        any caymanian that don’t know that the water at spots is rough 98% of the year
        needs his head check.

    • Anonymous says:

      we will bring in some one to control the weather simple

  28. Anonymous says:

    Ah Christmas breeze, love it!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t see our eminent PM dear old Alden inspecting the damage or supporting the retailers.
    Oh no he would have been tucked up at home counting his dollars.

  30. land crab says:

    Global warming is making these Nor Wester’s worse.

  31. Anonymous says:

    dah wha ya get! and you still want to put the dock there. Good luck. the master of the ocean and earth and skies is speaking with a loud voice.

  32. Anonymous says:

    nature is saying ‘this is enough to stop the port’. If they can’t hear they will feel.

  33. Mike says:

    I am awaiting posts blaming this on Government LOL.

    • Anonymous says:

      You weren’t disappointed. After all, everybody knows that government is supposed to do everything for you to make you happy and protect you from the world and your own choices.

  34. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the non-warning national weather service…….zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Anonymous says:

      pay attention to the foecast and you would see the forecast was on the mark and early

      • Anonymous says:

        yep and thats why the waterfront and all it business got washed out….zzzzzzzzz
        weather service is one big joke…just like everything else in the civil service

  35. Anonymous says:

    No docking of ships in GT on these types of days, can it be any more clear that this?

  36. Anonymous says:

    Yep, the waves are reminding us all what they can get up to. Imagine when the reefs are removed for the abominable cruise piers. Then it just won’t be the fish market but all the stores will be washed out. Anyone remember all the jewelry reported washed out to sea from some of the homes on South Sound? A category 4 or 5 hurricane with nothing to break the waves with the reefs gone will really have a field day..knuckleheads in charge for sure!!. In weather like this the ships have to go to Spotts, is it stupid to ask why the heck these technocrats won’t put the dock in Spotts and leave George Town the way it is. I hope the Governor took a drive down on the waterfront to see the waves in actin, maybe even him would have a change of heart on the plan for this destruction that is being contemplated.

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