Docks take the brunt

Some roads remain closed

Roads in the Grand Cayman sustained no major damage during Hurricane Dean, but the sea did breach roads in some areas.

Savannah Gully

Vehicles travel through the Savannah Gully.
Photo: Jewel Levy

‘Crews are out cleaning up the debris’ said head of the National roads Authority Ed Howard on Tuesday. ‘Some sections of South Sound Road have been eroded and they are now being repaired.’

Residents of South Sound that weathered out the passage of the hurricane in shelters and office buildings were being permitted to access the road to return to their homes, but police were manning barricades and restricting access to other non essential traffic.

The waves also brought up sand and chunks of coral onto Seaview Road in East End, the coastal road in Bodden Town and Old Prospect Road.

A press release from the NRA on Tuesday advised motorists that the West Bay Road was still closed in the vicinity of the Courtyard Marriott hotel and those travelling to and from West Bay were being urged to use the Esterly Tibbetts Highway instead.

Once again the sea breached the Island by the gully in Savannah Newlands and a large volume of salt water streamed across the road on Monday, effectively making the area impassable for smaller vehicles.

In places the water was over two feet deep on the road. Some houses were flooded.

Government has been looking at options for trying to stop the water from coming over the coast by Sandy Ground Road and a consultant was hired last year to look at the issue, but clearly it has not yet been resolved.

As far back as the year 1773 (George Gauld map of Grand Cayman) it has been noted that hurricane waves tend to bring the sea over the coast in this area and it completely crosses the island, re-entering the sea in North South Estates, by Windward Road.

With the seas still battering the coast, The National Roads Authority crews was out early Monday morning trying to get the main arterial road along the South coast cleared up.

The road surfaces in East End and Bodden Town were mostly back in order by midday on Tuesday and barricades were coming down, however a general advisory from the Roads Authority called for drivers to continue to exercise caution, because there may be some loose debris still on the roads.

Hurricane Dean also caused some damage to a number of private homes and properties on the South Coast; however unlike Hurricane Ivan, it was generally not catastrophic. Water entered some of the ocean front units at Emerald Beach, Ocean Club and Windsor Village. When the storm passed, waves started to pound the West Coast, causing some damage to decks at water front bars and restaurants in George Town.

Docks on the South Coast were also impacted by the hurricane. Some of those that sustained damage include the government pier in South Sound and the recently re-built dock at the Morritt’s Resort in East End.

The Ocean Frontiers dock was destroyed and the brand new dock across the road from Cayman Crossings was also a complete loss.

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