Heavy rains soaked Cayman for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, driving some residents out of their homes, forcing motorists to take alternate routes and prompting some schools to close.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police reported late Wednesday morning that Anthony Drive in George Town was impassable and advised motorists to avoid the area. Yeats and Sitwell streets in Belford Estates, Bodden Town, also reported flooding, and areas of Hurst Road, North Sound Estates and Shamrock Road near the Lime Exchange were also affected by flooding, a police statement said.
The Emergency Services in North Side responded to reports of flooding on Rum Point Road, where at least four homes were flooded.
The North Side Shelter and the Red Cross Shelter on Huldah Avenue, George Town, opened at noon Wednesday.
Some schools were closed around lunchtime, including University College of the Cayman Islands, Edna Moyle Primary, Savannah Primary and Clifton Hunter High School.
Meanwhile, in the wake of reports of stalled vehicles in George Town, police asked motorists to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
Boat operators were urged to take cautions when operating on open waters, since wind gusts will make the seas rough.
On Grand Cayman, Airport Operations Team recorded no flight delays or cancellations. The runway is clear and there were no issues with flooding, said Kafara Augustine, business development and marketing manger at the Cayman Island Airports Authority.
The National Weather Service said the rainy weather is stemming from interaction between a surface trough over the western Caribbean and an upper lever trough over the Gulf of Mexico.
Radar images indicate that some of the showers are heavy and are accompanied by some thunder. The showers are slowly traveling toward the east-northeast and are expected to linger over the Cayman area through the next few days, according to Weather Service information.
Some 57 dogs and puppies and 35 cats and a few kitten were also flushed out of their home by the rain and the Cayman Islands Humane Society shelter was flooded. A plea is on Facebook seeking temporary adoption for the animals until the shelter is functioning again. The shelter will provide food and water, but they need shelter for the animals, a spokesman said.
Usually, there are lots of mosquitoes after heavy rains, but Mosquito Research and Control Unit Assistant Director Alan Wheeler said they just finished 10 days of aerial treatment last week, so that should keep a lot of mosquitoes coming off the swamps.
The best way to control mosquitoes, he said, is to empty any containers in the yard that are filled with water. “They do not fly very far, so if you control your own yard, you will reduce your chances of getting any of the diseases,” Mr. Wheeler said.
The Sister Islands have not had significant rain accumulation, but the forecast for the next few days calls for the system to drift toward them. This will increase the chance of flooding in low-lying areas, Weather Service authorities cautioned.
In Little Cayman, District Officer Roger Scott said there had been lots of rain since Monday, but not much flooding. He said one flight was delayed.
On Cayman Brac, Airport Manager Miguel Martin said the rain was having minimal effect on flights, with only one flight delayed. Brac weather observer Winston Gall said it started raining at 7 a.m. Tuesday and it was still raining on Wednesday afternoon. There was no record of flooding, only pockets of water on the roads, he said.