Severe Weather Alert 5 pm, 3 June.
Published 3rd June 2015, 5:21pm
Flooding rains continue to impact the Cayman Islands on Wednesday, June 3rd as a surface trough over the western Caribbean interacts with an upper level trough over the Gulf Mexico.
By 3.30 pm on Wednesday, rainfall accumulations in excess of 8 inches were recorded in a 24 hour period in George Town, and weather models indicate a further 3-4 inches are likely to fall over the next 24 hours.
Reports from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service advise that Anthony Drive, in George Town is impassable and motorists are being asked to avoid this area and use alternate routes to access Windsor Park. Also, Yeats Street and Sitwell Streets, in Belford Estates, Bodden Town are significantly flooded, and areas of Hirst Road, North Sound Estates and Shamrock Road near the Lime Exchange are also affected by standing flood water.
Reports of stalled vehicles have been received in George Town and motorists in low profile vehicles are discouraged from driving through flooded roads.
A number of schools closed on Wednesday June 3rddue to the impact of the severe weather including:
Edna Moyle Primary School
Savannah Primary School
Clifton Hunter High School
Cayman Prep School
Triple C School
University College of the Cayman Islands
All other schools remained in session.
There is no word yet on whether certain schools will open or close tomorrow, but parents are advised to stay tuned to the news and media outlets for updates for tomorrow, Thursday, June 4th, 2015.
The rainfall caused a number of homes to be flooded including properties on Fiddlers Way, East End, Rum Point Drive, North Side and in parts of George Town.
Emergency Services in North Side responded to reports of flooding on the Rum Point Road where at least 4 homes were affected and some residents were evacuated from their properties.
The North Side Community Emergency Response Team assisted the flood victims with sand bags and other CERT teams performed checks within their respective communities.
Shelters at the North Side Civic Centre, East End Civic Centre and the Red Cross Shelter on Huldah Avenue were open and ready to receive persons, however by 3 pm on Wednesday no one had checked in as yet. The Red Cross Shelter plans to remain open until 10 pm. All other shelters closed for the night at 5 pm, but if there is a need for them.they remain on standby, ready to reopen
The National Weather Service maintained the severe weather alert on Wednesday evening and continued to advise residents in low lying areas to take remedial actions if their properties were affected by flood water and they also encouraged residents adjacent to the flooded areas to take necessary precautions to prevent water intrusion into the properties.
Satellite images show extensive multi-layered clouds across the NW Caribbean with scattered showers, some of which will be heavy and accompanied by thunder as confirmed by weather radar images. The area of cloudiness and showers is moving slowly toward the east to northeast, and it is expected to linger over the Cayman area for the next few days.
Although residents over the Sister Islands have not experienced a significant rainfall accumulation, the forecast over the next few days calls for the system to drift towards them. This motion will increase the Sister Islands chances of flooding of low-lying area over the coming days and residents should continue to monitor the weather.
Boat operators are urged also to take precautions when operating over open waters as high gusts within periods of heavy rainfall will make the seas rough.
The National Roads Authority is currently blowing out of drains and this work will continue on Thursday. The Public Works Department has dispatched emergency crews to work on building leaks and sand bagging doors.
Motorists are encouraged to exercise extreme caution on the roads due the accumulation of water.
HMCI has informational resources about flooding on the website Cayman Prepared, or alternatively you can stop by Hazard Management in the Government Building if you dont have access to a computer or the internet.
An effective, method of preserving property in a flood is to raise furniture and appliances up on concrete blocks.
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