Nearly 300 GB buildings completely destroyed by Dorian

Nearly 300 GB buildings completely destroyed by Dorian
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis at yesterday's press briefing. (photo credit: Office of the Prime Minister)
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Nearly 300 buildings in Grand Bahama were completely destroyed as Hurricane Dorian bludgeoned the island for nearly three days in early September.
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis revealed 3,656 buildings have been assessed on the storm-torn island during an update on Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts at his office on West Bay Street.
The latest structural assessments indicate 54 percent of those buildings received minimal damage; 19 percent medium damage; 16 percent major damage and eight percent were completely destroyed.
The eight percent represents around 292 buildings.

One percent of the properties could not be assessed, Minnis said.

Of those buildings, 3,348 were residential, 198 commercial, 50 mixed-use, and 60 were public properties.

Last month, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister advised Parliament it would take $12.1 million to repair the structural damage sustained to both Abaco and Grand Bahama during the passage of Hurricane Dorian.

The public works minister went through the figures as he contributed to the debate on the disaster preparedness amendment bill.

The cost included assessments for buildings on the two storm ravaged islands where there was significant damage to commercial buildings, mixed-used buildings, and public buildings.

Of that cost, $3.6 million is needed for buildings that were destroyed and cannot be salvaged and over $3 million is needed for buildings that were severely damaged, he said.

At that time, Bannister revealed 1,183 assessments had been completed for buildings that received minimal damage, and another 508 assessments for buildings with moderate damage.

“That’s a total of $12,132,500,” he said at the time.

“And I said we are not finish, but that will give you an idea of where we are going.”