(CMR) Residents are being asked to remain at home as the National Emergency Operations Centre works with various agencies and organizations to clear roadways.
Acting Deputy Governor Gloria McField-Nixon said she was very proud of how the NEOC, its partners, and the community had responded to the storm but noted that the work was not yet complete.
McField Nixon explained that while 80 percent of damage assessment has been completed on Grand Cayman, work will continue on Thursday. In addition, the work of utilities restoration and recovery will continue overnight in less than ideal conditions and is expected to take some time. There is also still debris to be cleared on some roads and localized flooding.
“As a result, I would like to ask the community to remain in their homes overnight. This will allow the utilities crews to finish their work as quickly and as safely as possible. The current poor weather conditions make the roads dangerous for any driver and remaining in your homes while these conditions continues is the best way to protect yourself and our community,” she remarked.
The National Emergency Operations Centre formally issued an all-clear for Grand Cayman from 6 pm this evening.
While the Cayman Islands is still experiencing bands of strong winds and torrential rain, Hurricane Grace is now moving west-northwest towards the Yucatan Peninsula at a speed of 16 miles per hour.
This afternoon, as soon as conditions allowed, government and private sector crews fanned out across Grand Cayman to gauge the extent of the problems caused by the storm’s passage.
The debris clearance cluster of the National Emergency Operations Centre, led by the Department of Environmental Health, began clearing downed tree limbs and power lines to make roads passable.
Meanwhile, crews from the Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) have begun the work of power restoration, a process that will continue overnight. Other utility crews followed suit.