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On September 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian became the strongest known tropical cyclone to ever plough through the northwestern Bahamas. The storm first made landfall in Elbow Cay, at its peak of intensity, before moving on to Marsh Harbor and Treasure Cay on Great Abaco Island. This Category 5 storm had sustained winds of 185 mph when it came ashore. Dorian is now one of only two hurricanes ever recorded to make landfall in the Atlantic basin at this strength – the last one being the Labor Day Storm of 1935.
The stalled-out Dorian tore apart the northern Abaco islands for an unbelievable 22 hours, which not only brought extreme wind, rain, and storm surge conditions well inland, (Treasure Cay experienced a 25- foot storm surge) but also delayed attempts at rescue from other islands or the US mainland.
The individual stories of life and property loss are already overwhelming and yet their totals are still unknown, with many still missing. Property loss is preliminarily estimated at $7 billion.
Treasure Cay Community Foundation (TCCF) is seeking to raise $1 million online in an effort to support the rebuilding of local communities surrounding Treasure Cay. Your donations will help to not only rebuild the homes and businesses of those who live in Abaco but will help to rebuild their lives.
If you’d prefer to write a check, please write Hurricane Dorian Relief in the memo line. They may be mailed to Tom Wheeler, PO Box 305, Mentor, OH 44060.
For instructions on how to wire donations to TCCF, please send an email to TCCF Treasurer Val Taylor at email@example.com.
And update from TCCF Chair, Barton Tretheway:
There are several Non-profits and NGO’s on the ground in Treasure Cay providing support such as Team Rubicon, Samaritan’s Purse, Water Mission and many more. TCCF's focus now is to stabilize the medical and community center so they can serve as a central hub for medical care, humanitarian supplies and a place to shelter and meet. This will include building repair, purchase of equipment to support the center, hiring staff and contractors to support the center, and maintaining an inventory of spare parts. Moving past that we are prepared to assist in the rebuilding and equipment replacement for the Treasure Cay Emergency Services Organization (TCESO). Our next efforts will be to start the rebuilding of the Treasure Cay community. This massive effort will focus on getting local Bahamians and Haitians (not second homeowners) back on their feet. This planning is in its initial forming stages. TCCF will be accepting donations including equipment supporting this effort. The immediate challenge will be to raise millions of dollars needed to support this massive undertaking.
Thanks again for your support.
Special thanks go to Shawn Fay, Abacoshelter.org, Brian Fisher and Stefan Meister for allowing us to use their video footage.