GCP Helps Business That was Ravaged by Hurricane Dorian

GCP Hurricane Dorian
January 25, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.

By GCP. 

After a community was ransacked by Hurricane Dorian, GCP was there to help aid a small business in getting their infrastructure back up and running. 

The project 

On Green Turtle Cay in The Bahamas, Sid’s Grocery store is the most frequented store by locals and tourists alike. Unfortunately, when Hurricane Dorian hit the area, the storm blew the store’s entire roof off, including the truss system. The Hurricane completely devastated the community.  

Almost all of the residents in the community lost their homes, including the owners of Sid’s. Despite the hardships they were enduring, they were determined to re-open their store for the benefit of their fellow locals. They wanted to help the community feel a sense of “normalcy” by being a place that could have normal business transactions as well as provide relief supplies for the islanders. 

Although the roof was gone, the building was found to be structurally sound, so they set to work planning how to resheet the roof and new substrate. Many organizations, including the Green Cay Foundation, Key West Cares, Water Mission, as well as members of the Church of Eleven22 joined together to aid in the restoration efforts. 

GCP donated 16 rolls of ICE & WATER SHIELD® HT (high temperature) roofing underlayment, which protects against wind-driven rain. Additional building supplies to frame and install the new Galvalume 5V roof were donated by individuals, building suppliers, organizations and churches. "ICE & WATER SHIELD® proved itself in the Bahamas through Hurricane Dorian,” said David Pfeffer of the Church of Eleven22, who partnered with Millennium Metals, Dixie Plywood, Coastal Oak Construction and others to help restore the Abacos.  

A team of a dozen volunteers flew to the island to provide construction assistance. "GCP's donation to re-roofing Sid's grocery provided the benefit of easy installation for the team, and the comfort for the grocery store owners in knowing it would provide years of water protection in the storms to come,” Pfeffer said.  

Sid's is now open for business, enabling them to get back to serving the community.  

“The owners of Sid's were overwhelmed at the generosity of GCP and others that donated all the materials to completely re-roof the grocery store,” Pfeffer said. “The donation has made a gigantic impact to restoring commerce on the island." 

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Original article source: GCP

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