Saturday 21 September 2019

Family wade through chest-level flood waters to rescue dogs from Hurricane Dorian

A Bahamian journalist had to abandon his home alongside his family.

A journalist ad his family waded through chest-level flood waters (Tim Aylen/AP)
A journalist ad his family waded through chest-level flood waters (Tim Aylen/AP)

By Megan Baynes, PA

A family waded through chest-level waters to rescue their three dogs from the Hurricane Dorian flooding.

Residents in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, woke up to severely flooded neighbourhoods on Tuesday following the devastation left by the storm.

A Bahamian journalist assisting the Associated Press, Tim Aylen, had to abandon his home alongside his family.

Mr Aylen waded through chest-level flood waters as he made his way through the streets of Arden Forest in Freeport early on Tuesday.

He was with his 21-year-old daughter Julia Aylen and 17-year-old son Matthew Aylen who, along with their three dogs, were seeking higher ground, with images showing their exhaustion from the ordeal.

The UN estimates more than 60,000 people in the Bahamas will need food following the natural disaster.

The Queen said she is “shocked and saddened” to learn of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

In a statement to the country’s Governor-General, Sir Cornelius Smith, the Queen sent her condolences to those who lost their lives in the Category 4 storm.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at least five died in the Abaco Islands and there are people in nearby Great Bahama island who are in serious distress.

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