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100 persons displaced in GB

Some one hundred  persons are left displaced in Grand Bahama after several tornadoes touched down during the passage of hurricane Irma.

The Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson  says  the housing subdivision Imperial Park and apartment complex Imperial Gardens sustained the most damages and reported that approximately 100 persons were affected.

“Those persons at the time indicated that there were family members that they would have been immediately able to stay with. Social Services made sure that their immediate needs were taken care of and will be meeting with those persons again to do a more in-depth assessment to see how best we are able to assist them,” Thompson said.

He added that two  persons  had incurred injuries,  although none were life threatening.

Mr. Thompson who telephoned the Love 97 Show  Issues of the Day yesterday  said, “when I spoke to officials at the hospital there were at least two persons who would have called for assistance and were transported to the hospital for their injuries. We did not hear of any fatalities,” Thompson said.

The President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Ian Rolle said five major buildings, including The Colina Insurance building and a Lodge hall were significantly damaged.

Bimini too experienced tornado activity but on a bit of a lesser scale.

The island administrator for Bimini, Kate Williamson confirmed that there was tornado activity on the island and said it only significantly affected one family.

“As a result of the tornadoes there were some roofs that were damaged and one family their entire roof had been blown off and they were a bit shaken up as a result of that. They are doing well now and sheltering with neighbours,” Williamson said.

Williamson said the water is back on in North Bimini however there was a line lost that connects north to south Bimini thus south Bimini has no water at the moment.

In regards to the power,  she said it is not restored in totality a problem that affects the gas stations and the private water tanks of some residents.

President and CEO of the Grand Bahama Power company, Archie Collins said power was cut around 9:30PM Sunday night to secure its system and protect its equipment.

Collins said once conditions had deteriorated and darkness fell, it became difficult for the company to determine what was happening.

“So far everything looks perfect so that is a good sign, this system really did hold up well even in the face of the elevated winds over Saturday and Sunday. We really don’t have a lot of damage,” Collins said.

He added that if there weren’t any tornadoes there would be virtually no damage.

“We are very optimistic that we will be able to commence the energization process shortly. Once we have completed the assessments, we then will convene a group to begin to build a procedure on how to put the system back in service,” Collins said.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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