NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) President Quentin Knowles said yesterday that while the pace of reconstruction on hurricane-ravaged Abaco has improved, there is still too much resistance impeding the process.
Knowles told Eyewitness News: “I’m an electrical contractor and we’re doing several projects in Marsh Harbour. Just the logistics of working in Marsh Harbor due to the lack of housing for construction workers adds resistance to how quickly the rebuild can take place.
“The Architects, Contractors and Engineers (ACE) Alliance had put forth recommendations for construction and how to advance construction on Abaco. One of our suggestions, obviously, had been to establish man camps to house construction workers as necessary. Obviously, the pandemic caused further setbacks.
“Progress is being made. I’m seeing some improvements. There is some reconstruction going on, but there is still too much resistance.
“You have to put policies and procedures in place to allow construction to flourish. I think the rebuild effort will happen so much quicker to the benefit of everyone.”
With the hurricane season weeks away, Knowles urged homeowners to make the necessary preparations.
“I think we have learned quite a bit from Hurricane Dorian,” said Knowles.
“As far as progression on some of the suggestions we put forth, I’m not sure how far we’ve gotten. I think that COVID-19 sort of threw a wrench into a lot of things.
“Still, we have to exercise common sense. Persons living in low-lying areas, be prepared. Homeowners should get an inspection, especially those living near the coast.
“Brand new building codes will impact new construction but current homeowners need to take responsibility and ensure that their buildings are safe.”