Local church pledges free repairs of 1,500 home

Local church pledges free repairs of 1,500 home
Bethels Deliverance Centre, Jones Town, Eight Mile Rock.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bethel’s Deliverance Center in Jones Town, Eight Mile Rock, has announced that it will be repairing 1,500 homes on Grand Bahama, that were damaged during the passage of Hurricane Dorian.

In a post on its Facebook page, the church advised that it will be “receiving applications from all those that did not have home owners insurance” at its offices.

The church will be providing free materials and labor to all those that qualify.

Nearly 300 buildings in Grand Bahama were destroyed as the Category 5 storm bludgeoned the island for nearly three days in early September.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis revealed on Sunday that 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 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 as a result of the strongest storm to hit the Northwest Bahamas.