MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Newly released photos show the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin in parts of the Bahamas.READ MORE: Arrest Made In South Miami Heights Hit-&-Run That Killed Motorcyclist
Pictures taken by local Sandra Cooke show the devastating reality for those on the islands after the category 4 hurricane hit on October 1st.
According to Jackie Higgins who owns the Long Island Breeze Resort on one of the islands says damages from the storm forced them to close their doors for the season.
One of the pictures posted, shows the resort’s deck partially collapsed.
For Michael McKnought-Smith, who works with the resort, the outlook is a rough reality.
“There really isn’t much more to Long Island other than fishing and tourism,” McKnought-Smith told CBSMiami.com. He pointed out the two industries were heavily affected by the hurricane.READ MORE: Ex-Wife Of Publix Shooter Timothy Wall Frustrated With PBSO Sheriff
“I thinks it’s going to take a long, long time,” he said, referring to the island recovering fully.
According to Higgins, extensive flooding and downed utility poles have left many in the community without power. She said, as of Monday, about 400 utility poles remained down.
Meantime, she says, Bahamas Electric Corporation is working 24/7 to restore power in areas that are “safe enough for them to do that.” But for many homes, power isn’t coming soon. She says most homes have so much damage, they cannot be reconnected to power.
In another picture posted, you can see the amount of flooding and debris left behind by Hurricane Joaquin. A small boat can be seen floating by the home.
Locally, efforts are being made to help those affected in the Bahamas. A number of local businesses and charities are donating supplies and sending them over.
Meantime, the community continues to rebuild and recover from the devastating aftermath.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
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