Armed forces sustain more than $5m in hurricane damages

Armed forces sustain more than $5m in hurricane damages

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- National Security minister Marvin Dames yesterday revealed the country’s armed forces and related agencies sustained extensive damages to assets and infrastructure, with total losses exceeding $5 million.

Dames said the police force lost $5.7 million worth of assets, with the complete destruction of four stations in Abaco: Marsh Habour, Treasure Cay, Cooper’s Town and Treasure Cay Airport; and two in Grand Bahama, Mcleans Town and High Rock.

The destruction of Abaco police stations resulted in the loss of $473,940 worth of equipment, he said.

“There was a total of 14 police vehicles damaged by flooding at a cost of $409,000,” Dames said. “In total, the police damages in Abaco resulted in the loss of over $1,335,230.”

As for Defence Force, Dames said losses in Abaco stood at $17,400.00, including damages to its residences and the operational centre.

In Grand Bahama, the first floor of police headquarters at the Gerald Bartlett Complex experienced flooding which resulted in loss of vehicles and equipment totaling $296,790.00.

“Flooding in Grand Bahama resulted in the loss of $1,480,436 worth of communication equipment that was destroyed or damaged in High Rock and West End stations; the police canteen; training college; and control room, respectively.

The McClean’s Town and Bassett Cove, High Rock stations were completely destroyed, and $179,000 worth of communication equipment was lost.

“Approximately $238,000 worth of police furniture was destroyed,” Dames continued.  “There was a total of 69 police vehicles damaged by flooding while parked at Police Headquarters and/or the Albert Miller Complex (Northeastern Division and Fire Services) in Freeport at a cost of $1,690,500.

“In total, the police damages in Grand Bahama resulted in the loss of over $4,063,726.”

Agencies under the remit of National Security in Grand Bahama experienced $4,217,716 worth of damages, he said.

 “The Defence Force loss reflected three vehicles and so did the Parliamentary Registration Department,” Dames said.

“The former was estimated at a cost of $60,000.00, and the latter at $93,990.00.

He added: “In total, the Ministry of National Security sustained losses of over $5,867,046.”