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Grand Bahama Island still struggling to recover more than three months after Hurricane Dorian

Posted at 9:20 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 21:20:31-05

FREEPORT, Bahamas — More than three months after Hurricane Dorian devastated Grand Bahama Island, the people of Freeport are still struggling to put their lives back together.

"Approximately 70% of the island was flooded," said Ken Lane, pastor of Lucaya Presbyterian Church in Freeport.

Three months after Hurricane Dorian slammed Grand Bahama Island with a nearly 20-foot storm surge, the people are still struggling to recover.

"You still cannot drink the water that comes out of the pipes," said Lane.

Saltwater is still in their wells. The airport is so damaged that they're still working out of a tent.

There are no commercial flights, and the only way to get to the island is by private plane or boat.

Residents are still trying to piece their lives back together.

"When we looked outside, we were already surrounded by water," said Dillis Greene.

There are thousands of people like Greene whose home was completely flooded.

She and her family tried to escape when the water came in, but they had to be rescued.

"We started out in the car but the water was so high that it started to engulf us in the car. Some guys were behind us in a big dump truck. They pulled us out of the car and threw us on," said Greene.

Greene and many others lost everything, some of it still piled next to the roads.

She says everyone realizes it will take a very long time for them to recover from Dorian.

Greene says she has been able to replace the walls and wiring and is starting to put her life back together thanks of non-profits and ministries that are coming in to help.

"On behalf of the people of the Bahamas, I would like to say thank you to them from the bottom of our hearts because we are most grateful," said Greene.