Cayman Brac was given a late Spring-clean recently, when scores of volunteers took to the roadsides and beaches to clear away debris from Hurricane Paloma.
November’s storm wreaked havoc on the island and many houses homes are still undergoing repairs, but now much of the debris scattered around the island has been taken to the dump.
On 9 May, volunteers tackled mangled metal, vegetation, construction material and other rubbish strewn throughout the island in an exercise called ‘Bring Back the Brac’.
One of the organisers, James Moses of Phoenix Construction said the clean-up was a success, with children and adults, expatriates and Brackers working side by side to clean up the rubbish. ‘This was, and will continue to be, a community effort,’ Mr. Moses said.
Staff from dive companies volunteered their services and the dive operators donated the use of boats to help clear away the debris on the shore and in the water, while construction companies donated trucks to help move the rubbish. Department of Environmental Health trucks then transported the gathered debris to the dump.
Crews of volunteers, aged from four to 75, worked on sites throughout the island, concentrating initially on the western part of Cayman Brac.
An anonymous donor pledged $1,000 to Cayman Brac High School for its students’ efforts in the clean-up.