Tom’s Report on Marsh Harbour, Two Months Post-Dorian

Late last night, Tom and I arrived back in L.A. after a week in Abaco. Witnessing the destruction wrought by Dorian was heartbreaking. Even having seen it first hand, I have trouble believing it’s real.

Some of you may know that Tom’s a foreign correspondent for Canada’s CTV National News. When he took a week off work so that we could get to Green Turtle Cay and check on Fish Hooks, he planned to shoot some video for me to use here on the blog.

Tom shoots video as the freight boat arrives into the port of Marsh Harbour

In the end, however, the journalist in him took over, and he put together the following news story, which aired nationally in Canada this past Tuesday.

Though much of the world’s media has moved on to other stories, Tom’s piece shows that the need in the northern Bahamas is far from over. In Marsh Harbour, for various reasons, recovery has yet to really begin.

That Marsh Harbour will recover, I have no doubt. (Anyone who tells you otherwise does not know Abaco or Abaconians!) But it’s going to take a lot of time and a lot of support from the Bahamian government, from domestic and foreign NGOs and from individual donors.

Marsh Harbour

In the coming days, I’ll write more about the initiatives being implemented to help Marsh Harbour and the rest of Abaco (and Grand Bahama) rebuild, and I’ll share more about our experiences in Abaco over the past week.

In the meantime, two months to the day after Dorian, here’s a glimpse of Marsh Harbour, courtesy of Tom and CTV National News.

To learn more about how you can help Bahamian victims of Hurricane Dorian, click HERE.

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  13 comments for “Tom’s Report on Marsh Harbour, Two Months Post-Dorian

  1. Ann Carmel
    November 1, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Tom’s report is excellent. The contrast of blue skies and sunshine against the destruction is surreal. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Steve Swain
    November 1, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Read my report from MH. It might be worth a look.

  3. Vernon Malone
    November 1, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Tom,Thankyou for that report,my wife and I are in Va.I go back to Hopetown on wed.its the same landscape there as in GTC .We lost our house the store is damaged ,but life must go on.

    • dtmcintoshshawca
      November 2, 2019 at 9:00 am

      Vernon, Anita and I have been wondering how you folks fared. We are glad to hear you are both safe in VA but sorry for your losses. We have many happy memories of going to the store and getting fresh bread and eating it on the spot while it was still warm. We are trying to keep in touch with the lastest news from different family members and Mandy’s posts sure do help. We pray daily for all the family on (or now from) the islands. Don & Anita McIntosh, Calgary.

  4. November 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Reality report two months AFTER hurricane Dorian sat and smashed Abaco’s business hub and homes. Thank you. Did the Bahamas Prime Minister visit Marsh Harbour yesterday to assess and address the major need?

    • Deborah L Bordwell
      November 2, 2019 at 11:45 am

      May God Bless and be with all of those who have lost family members and friends.The devastation is unfathomable in the pictures that I see.Faith,strength,courage and the ability to Believe that God does what he says,He will never Forsake and he will never leave you.God Bless You All.

  5. Mystical Reality
    November 2, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Wao. They say, who feels it knows it. I personally survived both the Irma & Maria apocalypse in September 2017 in the US Virgin Islands.
    Trust me they were no category 5 hurricanes, they were above 6’s for sure with winds over 250 miles per hour.
    If you study the kinds of devastation left behind after Irma, Maria, Michael & Dorian, you will realize the latter two were worse. Dorian being the most powerful. To me hurricane Dorian was a category 7. A concrete house or building is no longer safe anymore. May God bless all the peoples of the Bahamas!

  6. Mark Schor
    November 2, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Please keep reports like this posted as often as possible.

  7. George Cox
    November 2, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Thanks for the Tomato Paste still there..are Boot & Kent O.K ?

  8. Shelmiro A Rolle
    November 3, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Thank you Tom, it is really appreciated.

  9. Steve pittese
    November 4, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Great report! Thank you for the update, hopefully the Bahamian government will start to get off it’s …

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