Caribbean Utilities Company had the power back on for all of Grand Cayman by 10.15 pm on Monday evening and some customers experienced no loss of power throughout the passage of Hurricane Dean.
‘We kept the power on as long as it was safe,’ said CUC spokesperson Miss Karen Thompson. ‘Anyone who is still without power should call 949-5200 and we will immediately dispatch a crew to get them back up. The restoration crews were sent out as soon as the wind levels dropped to 35 miles per hour, which is considered safe.’
Only one pole came down in the hurricane and that was in the vicinity of Motor and General insurance company in George Town.
‘We would like to thank our customers for their patience and here at CUC we are grateful that the country was spared from the full impact of the storm.’
A press release issued by the company said the majority of faults occurred from trees making contact with power lines and the lines touching each other. A small number of customers in George Town lost service at 10.37pm Sunday but major outages commenced at 6.40am on Monday morning. East End was the first to be affected and as the storm tracked to the West.
In parts of the Island there was no interruption at all. The unaffected areas included parts of George Town and West Bay and the area between Rum Point and Old Man Bay in North Side, which is served by the undersea cable.
Miss Karen Thompson said ‘the company’s hurricane preparations went according to plan and they are pleased to report no damage to the plant or to the transmission distribution system.’