Landfill Fire Update Monday 01:30 Hrs
Published 9th March 2020, 1:41am
The Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) and Department of Environmental Health (DEH) remain on site at the George Town Landfill, where CIFS crews are continuing to work systematically to contain the fire.
Weather conditions remain challenging at this time and the crew’s priority is to contain the fire, striving to ensure it does not spread to the Esterley Tibbetts Highway (ETH) and Camana Bay areas. The RCIPS also remains on site.
As such, the ETH between Camana Bay and the Butterfield roundabout will remain closed on Monday morning (9 March) as a precautionary measure. The closure will be reassessed at midday.
John Gray High School, George Town Primary, CIFEC and Cayman International School will also be closed to students on Monday. Although the shelter at John Gray, which can receive animals, will remain open. The Red Cross shelter is also available.
The situation at the site remains dynamic and nearby residents are advised to close doors and windows and monitor air conditioning units for smoke intake. The landfill will be closed to the public until further notice.
Another update will be provided after 8 a.m. unless the situation warrants an immediate update.
Persons experiencing any problems with irritation or difficulty breathing should contact their healthcare professional or seek help from the Accident & Emergency Department at the Health Services Authority. The direct phone number for people experiencing respiratory issues due to smoke is 244-2945.