House of Assembly roof among damage Island-wide

Large areas of the Island’s roads are blocked by fallen trees and downed poles.

Barely a road is passable and the public should stay indoors to allow emergency crews to clear up, Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva told the Emergency Broadcast Station at 7.30am.

The shelter at Cedarbridge Academy was damaged during the storm after an air-conditioning unit was ripped off. The 66 people there were moved from the gym as a safety precaution but no one was injured.

The Regiment were on Front Street at 8.30am clearing the roads. The large tree outside the Ferry Terminal on Front Street has come down and flooding has been reported in the area of Victor Scott School.

Cedar Avenue by Victoria Park was blocked at 9.50am, while a giant tree has come down on Reid Street near the Armoury Building and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club has sustained minor damage. A downed power line and utility pole is blocking North Shore Road near Flatts, which had a lot of trees and tree limbs down.

The Bethel AME Church near Shelly Bay lost a portion of its roof.

Police Headquarters at Prospect has suffered minor roof damage, while a speed monitor has come down near the Arboretum.

A tree and utility pole have come down at Clifton, near the US Consulate, and gas pumps have been ripped down at the gas station at the Crawl.

Part of the roof of the House of Assembly has come away, and shutters at the Robin Hood Pub and Restaurant in Pembroke and a portion of their outdoor seating area’s ceiling have come down.

A Wedco source estimated there was about $1 million worth of damage in Dockyard alone.

Roads blocked this morning included Trimingham Road — where a massive tree has come down — South Road by the Botanical Gardens, North Shore Road by Inghams Vale, Orange Valley, Middle Road by Warwick Academy, South Road by Coral Beach and Elbow Beach, Grape Bay, St David’s Lighthouse, North Shore Road by Brighton Hill, Middle Road near Granaway Heights and Middle Road near Ornamental Ironworks.

The Railway Trail was being used for emergency vehicles only.

Residents are urged to stay indoors to allow the emergency services to clear the debris and reach those in urgent need.

More updates to come as soon as possible.

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Published Oct 18, 2014 at 10:32 am (Updated Oct 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm)

House of Assembly roof among damage Island-wide

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