Following the passing of the outer bands of Hurricane Irma, which resulted in the Northern Bahamas being placed under a Tropical Storm warning for more than 24 hours, and resulted in a number of homes in the city of Freeport being severely damaged due to tornadoes, the eastern and western ends of the island seemed to have fared well.
With a few homes sustaining minimal damage, including shingles being torn off due to the high winds, in excess of over 65 mph, Chairman of the High Rock Township, Eric Baillou revealed on Monday morning that, overall, East Grand Bahama was unscathed following Irma’s passing, west of the island.
“We did an assessment of the eastern part of the island. We went through McLean’s Town, where there are couple of houses with a couple of shingles that were off. We also had a power line that is swinging there as well. We called Grand Bahama Power Company and they have also conducted an assessment. We also travelled through Pelican Point, where again, one or two shingles from roofs are off.”
In High Rock, the school and the Anglican church also had minimal roof damage, revealed Baillou.
“We are still experiencing a lot of wind in the area. At the High Rock intersections there is some beach erosion, where the waves came over and washed some stones across the road. We are preparing to clear that up but, other than that we fared well, just a little wind now that we are experiencing.”
As there was little to no rain, Baillou stated that there was no flooding and that the high winds were the only factor that presented itself, during the passing of the storm.
Baillou encouraged residents to not let their guards down quite yet. “We still have to monitor the weather at this time and continue to listen to the radio, to receive updates and reports. I encourage residents to remain indoors as much as possible at this time, due to the wind.”
West End also seemed to have fared well following the passing of the Tropical Storm conditions on Sunday afternoon, into the evening. This daily travelled to the western end of the island on Monday, where it was evident that residents did not take the storm lightly and many homes were prepared for the impact of the storm.
Residents of Queen’s Cove for the most part were well prepared for the passing of the storm as many homes had theirs windows secured with plywood.
While there was not much rainfall associated with the storm, it did appear that storm surges may have been an issue as high levels of water settled in some areas of Bootle Bay and West End proper. With the exception of one or two small downed trees, overall the small settlement seemed to be standing well, a stark difference from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew less than a year ago.
Up to press time electricity and city water remained off for many areas of the island. A public notice with respect to interruption in water services was issued by the Grand Bahama Utility Company, on the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s Facebook page which stated, “The Grand Bahama Utility Company wishes to advise the public that we are aware that some areas are experiencing low water pressure and we’ve been informed that some areas have depleted water supply.
Restoration efforts are in progress and a service team has been deployed to assess the situation and begin the first phase of water restoration efforts.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority Call Center is fully operational and residents are encouraged to contact them at 801-9000, 801-9001, 727-4422 or 727-4477 to report any aforementioned issues.”