The news was not good for Cayman’s Dyoll Insurance Company creditors last week, when it was announced that their much awaited first interim payment would not be made as scheduled on 31 October.
The news is a stark reminder that, nearly 14 months later, many people are still struggling to recoup losses sustained in Hurricane Ivan.
Dyoll creditors aren’t the only ones looking for things to become normal again.
There are many other home owners who had no insurance who are still unable to repair or rebuild homes affected by Ivan.
There are also dozens of business that have been unable to reopen after Ivan, many that will probably never open their doors again.
And some of the business that did reopen, but which rely on stay-over tourism for success, are finding it difficult to keep afloat.
All of this reminds us the story of Hurricane Ivan is far from over. Full recovery is going to take much more time, perhaps years yet.
In spite of that harsh realisation, there are signs of promise.
Prospects for stay-over tourism look good for the winter high season.
Efforts of the National Recovery Fund seem to paying off.
Cayman’s financial industry is as robust as ever.
The housing availability situation is finally starting to get noticeably better, which should start reducing the cost of living for renters.
Oil prices are going down finally in the United States, which will eventually bring down the prices here, both at the pumps, and in our electricity bills – which will also be aided by the cooler months ahead.
The most active hurricane season is history is all but over, with Cayman surviving three major hurricanes in the vicinity relatively unscathed.
Still, the windows on many houses and apartments remain boarded up, proof that residents here still have a bit of a bunker mentality after experiencing Ivan.
It’s time to move beyond that mentality.
It’s time to come out of the dark and let some light into our homes and our lives.
The holiday season is right around the corner, and let’s not spend it hunkered down in fear in a boarded up home with no fresh air or sunlight.
Like our physical recovery from Ivan, our psychological recovery will take time. Overcoming our fears of another storm is the first step of that recovery.