No deadline for completion of Abaco domes

Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis said yesterday that there is no deadline in place yet for the completion of the dome city in Spring City, Abaco, to house Hurricane Dorian survivors.

Lewis added that the first 40 domes are still being installed and residents have not been able to occupy them as yet.

It’s been nearly five months since Hurricane Dorian ravaged Abaco, destroying most homes, businesses and most major infrastructure in Marsh Harbour and other northern settlements on the island. Thousands of residents were forced to leave the island due to a lack of housing. The dome city is meant to assist residents who want to rebuild.

Brickell Management Group contractor Philip Robinson said previously that he intended to have 110 domes up in Spring City, Abaco, by Christmas.

Lewis said, “The domes are under construction.

“We do not have a complete deadline yet.

“We will announce to the public in very short order what numbers we’ll be completing by a specific timeline.

“The authority’s (The Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority) board is now in place, and they’re meeting on a regular basis.

“We’re fine-tuning our rollout program and as soon as we have those timelines and the numbers that we’ll be completing, we’ll let the public know.”

He said the domes were earmarked for Spring City, however they will now be allowed to be used on residents’ properties.

Asked how much these domes will cost the average resident, Lewis said, “Based on preliminary estimates, the domes should cost well below $20,000, but final numbers will be available soon.”

Late last month, the authority’s managing director told The Nassau Guardian that all contracts were being reviewed in an effort to speed up the reconstruction process.

She added that the authority is also eyeing a site in East Grand Bahama to set up domes.

A number of storm evacuees on New Providence said that they cannot return home because there is no place to stay.

Hurricane Dorian ripped through parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama in early September last year.

Roughly 9,000 homes and more than 11 million square feet of structures were damaged on both islands during the storm, according to a report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in November.

The report noted $1.48 billion in damage to the housing sector with nearly 89 percent of the damage on Abaco.

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