Hazard Management Cayman Islands has issued an advisory asking
motorists to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.
“Standing water poses a risk, particularly when driven through
at speed,” the release stated. “Heavy rainfall can cause deep pockets of water
to accumulate making roads impassable. Remember, if you have to drive through
flood water proceed with caution. Maintain a very slow, steady speed.
Flooded roads could hide significant potholes. Be especially vigilant
when driving at night.”
Hazard management also said that houses, businesses and parking
lots could be affected by flood waters caused by Tropical Depression #16.
“There is a possibility that flood waters are contaminated with
sewerage,” the advisory stated. “This water may contain viruses and bacteria.
Don’t risk consuming anything that is contaminated by flood waters as it may
result in serious illness.”
The advisory stated that another 2 to 4
inches of rainfall are likely during the next 24 hours, leading to extensive
flooding of low lying areas.
“Strong southwesterly winds reaching tropical storm force at times
and rough seas with wave heights of 8 to 10 feet are expected over our area
from tonight, and the south and west coasts of our Islands will experience
heavy wave action and some beach erosion,” the release stated.