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Remembering Ivan as hurricane season begins

It was a historic disaster that many cannot forget — one that happened on the 11th & 12th of September 2004.

Hurricane Ivan changed its path and showed up on our doorstep.

This storm was known to have waves up to 30 feet high, with winds of 150 mph and gusts of 220 mph.

As we enter another hurricane season 14 years later, Walter Bodden said it’s something he’ll never forget.

The category five storm took two lives and left hundreds homeless as it ravaged Cayman. There was no water or electricity for months,  food supplies were limited and people didn’t know where the next dollar would be coming from most of the time.

Mr. Bodden said he can’t believe a storm of that magnitude came and he lived to tell the tale.

This destructive storm took charge over Cayman as it completely took the islands off the satellite radar.

South sound resident Harold Henry Hurlston Jr. shared his experience, saying water transportation was necessary because of the water levels and the need to assist family and friends.

Businesses did not escape the destruction. Treats restaurant manager Reaj Kesthuri said, while the hurricane didn’t do significant damage to his home, he suffered huge losses at his new business in 2004.

With a new hurricane season upon us, those who lived through Hurricane Ivan, know all too well the importance of being prepared.

Cayman 27’s Seaford Russell Jr. has more.

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Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell Jr. joined Cayman 27 in the spring of 2018. He started off as a part-time photographer but thanks to his hard-work, dedication and eye for photography, he was offered a full-time position as a reporter trainee. Seaford is committed to bringing the people of Cayman informative and balanced news about what’s happening in the community.

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