NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ministry of
Financial Services and Local Government has announced that an assessment team
has been dispatched to survey and assess the flood-damaged areas of Harbour
Island and Eleuthera, on
Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
These areas were impacted during a severe
thunderstorm system, which passed through the Exuma Cays, New Providence,
Eleuthera, Berry Islands, Abaco and their adjacent waters on Tuesday, May 5,
Approximately 6.7 inches of rain fell in
Harbour Island and areas of North Eleuthera between
8pm to 4pm
Due to reports of massive flooding which
damaged several homes, a team has been dispatched to the impacted areas to
assess the level of damage.
The team comprises the National Emergency
Management Agency, NEMA headed by Captain Stephen Russell; the Department of
Social Services; the Ministry of Works and Urban Development; the Ministry of
the Environment and Housing; the Department of Local Government and other
Meanwhile, the airport at North Eleuthera has
closed temporarily, due to flooding, until further notice.
The team is being assisted in their assessment
efforts by the United States Coast Guard, via helicopter. Initial assessment revealed that excessive
flooding took place on Harbour Island, North Eleuthera and Abaco and the
following damage occurred:
· Eleuthera - about 7 dwelling homes and contents
were flooded. Families are being assisted by the Department of Social
Services. In Upper Bogue, two homes are
said to be under water.
· Further assessment is being conducted in
Lower Bogue, The Bluff and Current settlements.
· Abaco – In Marsh Harbour, the drainage system
functioned properly allowing for easy passage along the road.
· All is well in North and South Abaco.
Residents in the flood-impacted areas are
being strongly advised to keep out of the standing water, as it may be
contaminated due to overflowing septic tanks, as a result of the flood.