Thursday 16 July, 2020

Cayman: Flooding experienced with heavy Saturday rains

Finch Drive, West Bay

Finch Drive, West Bay

It wasn't "Rain, rain, go away" by any stretch this past Saturday as long-awaited tropical showers hydrated local vegetation in the Cayman Islands. With late-May showers came rainbow images on social media, a beautiful sunset, fake news about a Hurricane Watch/ Warning (which was quickly dispelled by HMCI) and.... flooding... Luckily the National Roads Authority was prepared.

The Cayman Islands National Weather Service advised that the highly welcome rains were generated by an upper-level trough supporting a tropical wave in the area. 

This caused flooding throughout the island but particularly in the areas of Genevieve Bodden Road, Finch Dr, a few other areas in West Bay, and some areas in Windsor Park, George Town.

The National Roads Authority (NRA) were prepared for the heavy rainfall. Vacuum trucks and other drainage equipment were serviced weeks ago in anticipation of the upcoming rainy season. The dedicated crew members were able to respond immediately and undertook mitigation measures in areas where flooding occurred.

The NRA had also installed drainage wells and carried out other road improvement measures in a number of areas in Windsor Park and Selkirk Drive over the past year and these performed very well during the heavy rains. 

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