Island-wide power failure hits 4,000

Just over 4,000 homes and businesses across the Cayman Islands were without power for around an hour Wednesday afternoon following a fault in an engine room at the Caribbean Utilities Company.

Some traffic lights in George Town were out of action as a result of the problem and police officers were called in to man busy junctions.

The first problems were reported in West Bay and North Side around 8.30am. That issue was fixed within around 30 minutes.

Customers in other districts, including Bodden Town, Frank Sound and South Sound, were without electricity for around an hour from 12.30pm.

Pat Bynoe-Clarke, corporate communications manager at CUC, said not all homes in those areas were affected.

She said the problem had been resolved and electricity restored to all customers by just after 1pm.

She could not provide information on the exact nature of the problem, describing it as a fault in one of the engine rooms.

“We always try to keep the power on, but there are instances when there is an issue and we have to take the power off to deal with that,” she said.

Chief Inspector Angelique Howell of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said officers had been called in to direct traffic at the junction of Shedden Road and North Sound Road between 12.30 and 1.50pm. They monitored two other junctions in George Town were traffic lights were out in the morning. No accidents were reported.

The public can report power outages by calling 945-1282.