The incident, which is believed to have occurred around 8:00am led to the temporary closure of the main road, up to early afternoon, with heavy duty equipment from local company Roc N Dirt, trying desperately to remove an extremely large boulder, along with other smaller ones, that tumbled from the hills above.
As a result, no vehicular traffic was possible along the section of the road, located at the top of Timothy Hill. Though there were some who expressed concern about not being able to travel into the area for business purposes, others were quite happy and relieved that no one was injured or at risk, as a result of the rock fall.
According to a taxi operator who was on location, observing the workmen, “The Lord was on our side when He cancelled that cruise ship this morning. Many of the passengers who would have been on that ship would have been involved in various tours to the Peninsula. Some would have gone to the beach while others would have been on bicycle outings.”
The Serenade of the Seas, with a projected 2,540 passengers, had earlier postponed its visit until Friday, 26th, August, due to weather conditions associated with Hurricane Irene.
In order to facilitate some motorists who had valid reasons to travel the area, a temporary path was cleared, along the hillside, creating a secondary road access. A team from the Public Works Department was on hand to assist in this effort.
It is speculated that recent heavy rainfall and the slight earth tremor, experienced on Monday afternoon, may have contributed to the fall of the rocks.
Since the road was built in 1989, the area has been known to experience rock falls, but none as heavy as the one on Tuesday morning.
Despite the complaints of residents and motorists in particular, no long term safety measure has been applied to address the obvious danger to citizens.