A new network of flood barriers at the Cayman Islands hospital will
help ensure one of the island’s most critical facilities remains
powered in the event of a hurricane.
The barriers have been
installed to keep the hospital’s huge ground floor generator dry and
running around the clock if power is disrupted in a hurricane,
explained Facility Manager, Derrick Tibbetts.
The hospital has
acquired the $110,000 network of barriers as part of a joint initiative
with the National Hurricane Committee and the Department of Public
During Hurricane Ivan, 21 inches of water flooded into the
building the generator and electrical transformers are housed in,
forcing administrators to shut the generator down.
addition of the new barriers, the generator will be protected from
flooding to a height more than double what was experienced during the
worst of Ivan.
“It will make us feel a lot more secure in the
future,” said Dr. John Vlitos, acting director of support services. “If
the generator is going and you know it is safe, that will help us quite
a lot,” he said.
“Any doctor that was here during Hurricane Ivan will appreciate just how important that is.”
Tibbetts explained the $110,000 cost of the barriers is only a fraction
of what it cost the hospital to reinstall vast amounts of electrical
wiring that were damaged during Hurricane Ivan.
Dr Vlitos commented that moving the generator would be a massive exercise, which would also require the hospital to be re–wired.
“This is the most immediate and best way to protect the generator,” he said.