More rain adds to existing local flooding

| 13/06/2024 | 15 Comments
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(CNS): Between 7pm on Wednesday and Thursday morning, another ¼ inch of rain fell on the Cayman Islands, Hazard Management said without distinguishing between the three islands. At least another inch is expected throughout the rest of the day, even though the clouds are moving fairly rapidly north-northwest towards Cuba. The ground is still saturated from the weather system that soaked the islands over the weekend and on Monday, increasing the flood risk.

“I know that the people of the Cayman Islands may be concerned at the present weather situation, considering the flooding events that took place on Monday,” said Premier Julianna O’Connor-Connolly. “As we move into a culture of readiness, government resources are fully stocked and available to assist persons who may need support. I encourage our community to rally together to support the vulnerable among us, remain vigilant and to comply with guidance being given by our hazard management experts.”
 
The Cayman Islands National Weather Service forecast shows a 30% chance of rain showers today and tomorrow. For the next 48 hours, fresh south-easterly winds and rough seas across the Cayman area are expected. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area. 

Governor Jane Owen said people were still dealing with the effects of flooding as she encouraged them to call the HMCI Call Centre on 949-6555 if they experience any distress.

“Our first responders will be ready and available throughout the inclement weather, and we are urging citizens to be careful on our roadways to prevent any unnecessary incidents,” she said. “We urge the public to stay tuned to trusted Government channels, namely caymanprepared.gov.ky and all CIG social media channels to get the latest updates on weather and related news.”

People are encouraged to stay up to date on the latest weather forecasts and advisories.

The education ministry is also asking parents and guardians, especially those with young children living in flood-prone areas, to support the bus drop-off process by being present, if possible, to receive their child off the bus after school.

Motorists are urged to use extra care and caution on roadways while surfaces are wet. Slow down and increase the distance between your vehicle and the one ahead to allow for increased braking distance. Drivers should avoid low-lying areas prone to flooding and not attempt to drive through flooded roads, as water depth can be deceptive and dangerous to you and your vehicle. 

Homeowners are urged to clear gutters, drains, and downspouts of debris to facilitate proper water flow and move valuable items and important documents to higher ground. Keep an emergency kit ready with essentials such as water, food, medications, a flashlight, batteries, and a first-aid kit.  

Stay indoors as much as possible to reduce the risk of accidents and exposure to potential hazards. hazards. 

Meanwhile, Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) said it was monitoring the weather conditions across the Cayman area and in Florida, where inclement weather could impact flight operations on Thursday. Currently, flights are operating as scheduled, with weather conditions only causing minor disruptions, but this may change.

If a flight is affected, passengers will be updated directly via the contact details provided in their reservations. Cayman Airways reminds passengers to ensure that their flight reservations are always updated with accurate contact details for them to be reached by the airline as necessary, including an email address and phone number.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Bury the damn power lines

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  2. Squire of the Secretary of the Minitry of Absurdistan says:

    Common sense is such a rare concept on the island!

    • Anonymous says:

      Unfortunately it is increasingly rare as our population skyrockets due to unchecked immigration.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    This is the best that can be done here with what you have.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think Hazard Management needs to be renamed. Since they might have difficulty in managing a storm in a teacup, I think the name “Hazard Watchers” is more appropriate. So why do we need this group of swivel jockeys if monitoring is something we all can do with the availability of the internet and capabilities of crowd sourced information? The Gov. or Dep. Gov. could easily make the call to involve the CO Regiment if need arises.

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    • Anonymous says:

      The premier and cohorts are the ones that dropped the ball by not listening to Hazard Management. The current premier tried to pray away the storm instead of doing anything.

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    • Anonymous says:

      No, they aren’t so diligent to be called “Watchers.” It’s more like Hazard Casual Observers.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    NRA PLEASE do the following to ensure we are safe from having our homes flooded:

    1. Continue to clean ALL drain systems throughout the islands at least weekly doing this hurricane season.
    2. Install new Drains and Catchments throughout the islands but especially in the major flood prone areas. This past weekend 8th-10th June should be your wake up call for better maintenance of the drainage system currently in place. This was a wave that hovered over us but a very rain maker. Please do not wait until we are affected by say a Hurricane regardless of the category.

    CIG:

    1. I wish the CPA stop approving these massive developments that no doubt are contributing to floodings in the areas adjunct to these developments with no concern for the wellbeing of the people that live in such affected areas.
    2. CIG stop the greed now! Such greed is no doubt going to be our downfall as we continue to destroy our natural environment to allow these developments to be built for the almighty dollar.
    3. Such careless consideration on behalf of the government and the developers should be a testament that absolutely those in power should be made accountable for everything that results from the current developments especially compensating every single family whose home is damaged because of flood waters and be made to pay for the increased in insurance premiums that follow and also the cost to repair damages in their homes that families are facing or will face at some point in the near future.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Lol why don’t you go work there? Cns comment section full of anonymous know it alls.

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    • Dave says:

      some of the drain in the road or parking area are same or below sea level which the water can not drain out very well.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep. Drains that go quickly into a swamp aquifer. Too much concrete and asphalt. No help for it. We are doomed. The only recourse would be to tear much of the concrete up and restore it to absorbable land. It didn’t flood NEARLY as much when I was a kid, and it has nothing to do with any increase in rainfall or climate change.

      There is simply no place for the water to go. No brainer.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe how many cars I have seen driving without lights on during the rain showers. Putting on the lights is so simple, and it allows other drivers and pedestrians to see you coming.

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