Today’s Editorial August 30: An idea whose time has come to Cayman?

For centuries man has erected walls to separate friend and foe.

China had its Great Wall.

There was the Berlin Wall.

Nineteen centuries ago the Roman emperor Hadrian built battlements across Britain to ward off the barbarians.

So now an old idea is getting new life in the Cayman Islands.

A great wall is planned for the Savannah Gully to keep out our very real enemy – storm flood waters.

We hope it works.

If it’s developed anything like the barrier Lindsay Scott came up with at Windsor Village, it should be an answer to prayers.

His little invention – borne of necessity after Hurricane Ivan in 2004 – saved the strata thousands of dollars during the pounding waves that arrived on Grand Cayman as the storm passed south of us.

The barriers kept most of the surf out of the individual units. What little water that did come through was easily mopped up.

Damage was minimal; not total as it was in Ivan.

Mr. Scott proved once again that the use of walls to keep out enemies does work.

Engineers have come up with a plan to erect a 1,800-foot wall near the ocean in front of the Savannah Gully as one of the strategies to prevent it from flooding with sea surge during storms.

That can’t be the only solution for the flooding at the Savannah Gully, but at least it’s a start.

We do have to wonder where government is going to get the millions it will cost to get the wall in place.

While Mr. Scott built shorter barriers, he did so for less than $20,000 for 35 units. His system has been tried and proven to be true.

Maybe he can give some pointers to the engineering group designing our great wall.

Something has to be done about the Savannah Gully.

When that area floods, commerce between George Town and the Eastern Districts grinds to a halt.

While wall designs are being produced it would be a good idea for stratas in other areas of the Cayman Islands that are subject to waves and flooding to look up Mr. Scott and safeguard their properties.

Support local journalism. Subscribe to the all-access pass for the Cayman Compass.

Subscribe now