Published 14th November 2008, 8:23am
From Hazard Management Cayman Islands' Joint Communications Services Thursday, 13 November 8:30 p.m. PWD Cayman Brac and Little Cayman Relief Effort Public Works Department (PWD) Director Max Jones has just returned (Thursday, 13 November) from leading a team of PWD senior personnel to Cayman Brac. They conducted a detailed, room-by-room survey of some 60-plus government buildings in a bid to help Government quantify the scope of its damage from Hurricane Paloma and to assist in planning immediate and long term restoration projects for the Sister Islands. This team follows sharply on the heels of an emergency response team assembled by PWD, which left Grand Cayman for Cayman Brac midday on Sunday, 9 November. The emergency response team has been acting as a satellite Grand Cayman PWD unit for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The unit is headed by seasoned PWD Construction Manager Danny Catt and consists of two supervisors, three foremen, and a total of 11 carpenters and electricians. The enthusiastic, highly motivated team embarked on the nine hour voyage by boat, carrying construction equipment, materials and emergency relief supplies, fully equipped to carry out general building, plumbing and electrical repairs. "This is what PWD is about," was the comment of team member Rhodian Bodden as they launched from the Cayman Yacht Club aboard the 110ft "Cayman Aggressor". Mr. Jones explained that the unit's prime directive is to support the Brac Command Centre and the Brac PWD, working on tasks such as repairs to Government Buildings, support for shelter operations, elimination of building-related safety hazards and ensuring dry, useable work places for those working on recovery efforts as well as providing emergency support for residents. They have made significant strides in a short time having done damage assessments; repair work on Faith Hospital so it could resume operations; repairs to the UCCI building so it could operate as a temporary police station; electrical repairs to the Government Administration Building so electricity could be restored; and repairs to several homes, making them habitable. The team is expected to be detailed in the Brac for several weeks. However, PWD management is prepared to provide this level of support for as long as is necessary and continues to prepare much needed materials and supplies to aid in the relief effort.