Gov’t schools to close Tuesday

Flooding on Grand Cayman bad, could get worse

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Education Minister Rolston Anglin announced late Monday afternoon that all government schools would close Tuesday due to serious flooding situations existing throughout Grand Cayman.

Mr. Anglin said only students that had to sit external exams – about 19 as far as he was aware – needed to report to those exams on Tuesday.

He said government officials were also in discussions with local private schools and they would make a determination as soon as possible.

“I haven’t had a chance to check around all of West Bay, but its pretty bad,” he said. “And from what we’ve been told, the worst may be yet to come.”

Cayman Brac schools will remain open Tuesday.

A number of private schools announced they would also close Tuesday. Those included: First Baptist, Cayman Prep, and Cayman International School. Those students at Cayman Prep who have to sit external examinations are still meant to attend.

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In addition to those, Wesleyan Academy, Montessori Del Sol, Grace Christian Academy, Hope Academy, Miss Jackie’s School of Dance, Shining Stars, the Sunrise Adult Training/Learning Centre and Triple C are all closed Tuesday.

Other weather-related closures on Tuesday included: Miss Nadine’s pre-school, Jack & Jill nursery and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations office.

Several individuals called to report their homes had taken on water in the George Town area and some local side streets were impassable due to high waters.

Royal Cayman Islands Police said officers had reported no closures of major thoroughfares on the Island by 5pm Monday.

According to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service, an average of some 4.96 inches of rain fell on the Island between midnight and 12.30pm Monday. That was approximately three times the amount of rain the Island had received for the entire month previous to Monday.

Total rainfall between Sunday night and early afternoon Monday reached nearly 10 inches on Grand Cayman.

Forecasters warned that more rain could fall within the next 24 to 48 hours.

One building that was hit severely by flood waters was the Humane Society in George Town.

Rain flooded the building with ankle-deep water, sending volunteers scrambling to move the animals to drier ground. Due to the standing water, dogs and cats housed in ground-level cages indoors had to be relocated to kennels outside, even though it meant being exposed to the continually falling rain.

Volunteers said the North Sound Road facility is prone to flooding when there is heavy rain – or in the most recent instance, when there is steady precipitation over a prolonged period of time. Flooding also made the Humane Society’s parking lot inaccessible for smaller vehicles.

The Cayman Islands Red Cross opened its doors to anyone who needed a safe, dry place to stay overnight. Two people – a man and a woman – stayed there. The woman returned to her home in Windsor Park early this morning; the man remained.

“We’re still open in case the weather worsens and if anyone needs us, we’re here,” said shelter manager Marsha Thompson.
 

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Bicycle riders and drivers made slow going Tuesday on Anthony Drive in George Town. Photo: Brent Fuller

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The entire front yard of a home in Lower Valley was still awash Tuesday morning. Photo: Brent Fuller

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The water was rising in North Side on Monday. Photo: Tammie Chisholm

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North Side. Photo: Tammie Chisholm

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Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay felt the effects of the storm on Tuesday morning. Photo: Ben Maxwell

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RCIPS on the scene on Garston Smith Drive in West Bay on Tuesday morning. Photo: Ben Maxwell

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The Cayman Islands Rugby Union pitch on South Sound Road was more fit for watersports. Photo: Alan Markoff

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Cars vying for the high ground on Walkers Road almost collide as they hug the shallower end of the flooded road. Photo: Alan Markoff

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Gusty winds knocked part of a tree down at the Clifton Hunter High School Campus on Aspiration Drive. Photo: Alan Markoff

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A bicycler on Walkers Road makes his way through the flooded road. – Photo: Alan Markoff

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Flooding on Fairbanks Road near the junction of Aspiration Drive caused vehicles to use whatever part of the road – and adjoining sidewalk – they could to get through the waters. Photo: Alan Markoff

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Flood borne debris left a high-water mark in the parking lot of Eden Centre on Walkers Road. Photo: Alan Markoff
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