Today’s Editorial Monday, September 01: Clogging streets inconsiderate

All in all we came through Hurricane Gustav relatively unscathed on Grand Cayman.

Unfortunately our Sister islands fared worse than we did, but despite the inconveniences, there was no loss of life.

Residents on Little Cayman will be without power for a few more days and cleanup will last even longer.

But again, there was no loss of life, thank God.

Gustav’s passing has proven once again that the residents of the Cayman Islands are pretty well prepared for whatever Mother Nature hurls our way.

Some were whinging Thursday that people were putting too much emphasis on a storm that was likely to be a non-event.

Even if Gustav had not left behind felled trees, downed power lines and debris, no amount of preparation for an unknown storm would have been too much.

It is far better to be over prepared than under prepared.

Over the next few days, the Caymanian Compass, as well as Government, will do a post mortem on Gustav and how we all handled pre- and post-storm preparations.

One major glitch occurred Saturday morning when CUC crews were hampered in their efforts to get to the Eastern Districts where power had gone out Friday night.

We heard ministers say in the run up to the storm that any vehicles causing a road blockage problem would be moved.

We suggest residents not be allowed to clog roadways in the first place. One of the roles of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service should be to ensure that roadways remain unclogged. This can easily be done with civilian police.

While we do appreciate the need for some residents to get their vehicles to higher ground to avoid flooding, those who live in the districts outside George Town would appreciate a little consideration from these drivers.

In this storm it was CUC crews that were stymied. In the next storm it could be fire or ambulance crews and someone’s life could be at stake.

We should all have hurricane plans in place well before hurricane season begins in June and be able to put those plans in gear in a timely, efficient manner once a storm threatens.

Part of that planning should be where vehicles will be parked instead of waiting until the last minute to make a decision.

We’re all in this together when a storm threatens the Cayman Islands. As such, we should remember that our actions, like clogging major roadways, will have an impact on others.

We hope that will be the last brush we have with a hurricane this season.

All should take away lessons we learned in Gustav and apply them to the next threat.

Today life returns to normal for most of us as we get back into the daily routine of work and play.

In the meantime, The Caymanian Compass is keeping an eye on the weather and will continue to update readers when necessary through the newspaper and our website, www.caycompass.com.

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