NEMA says post-Dorian recovery efforts not hampered by gale force winds and dangerous sea conditions
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – High winds and tide forced the closure of the main road connecting settlements in west Grand Bahama to the capital on Saturday.
Videos posted on social media showed several vehicles stalled out on the flooded Fishing Hole Road as the only gateway to the major settlements Eight Mile Rock, and West End was rendered impassible to motorists.
The Bahamas Department of Meteorology issued a marine warning on Saturday.
The warning noted that seas would build 10 to 12 ft higher in gusts, and residents in Grand Bahama and Eleuthera were advised to exercise “extreme caution” or to avoid crossing Fishing Hole Road and the Glass Window Bridge, respectively.
In a press statement, the National Emergency Management Agency reported recovery efforts on Grand Bahama and Abaco pressed on despite the strong cold front with gale force winds and dangerous sea conditions passing through those areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian about two months ago.
Ricardo Lightbourn, communications for the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness Management and Reconstruction, said the inclement weather did not put a damper on ongoing recovery efforts in East Grand Bahama.
The airport remained opened for regular flights.
According to Lightbourn, residents in East Grand Bahama were also able to continue ongoing repairs their homes.
Meanwhile, Abaco island administrator Terrece Bootle-Laing said there was no disruption of recovery efforts on the island.
She said that there was intermittent rain during the visit of Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro.
Almagro was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield and Permanent Secretary Jack Thompson, the Disaster Coordinator for Abaco.
They were able to tour the Treasure Cay Primary School and around the Marsh Harbour area mostly impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
Bootle-Laing noted that the Royal Bahamas Defence Force personnel were offloading supplies into the warehouse at the port building in Coopers Town.
Ministry of Works officials on the ground took the seven contractors to view designated areas and outlined scope of works for clean up to start Monday, the press release said.
Also opened were the NEMA distribution centers and the Urban Renewal centers where residents were able to access water and other necessary supplies.
A number of churches were also open for distribution of food, water and other supplies, it added.