Driving around the island
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After going into Georgetown, we opted to rent a car and drive around the island to see all the beautiful homes and also the damage from Hurricane Ivan. It was unreal to see all the damage and the houses that still remained partially standing. Most of these homes were in "tear down" condition and the land was still going for upwards of a million dollars or more. My understanding is the insurance companies screwed many of the homeowners out of policy benefits once the damage was assessed. Some companies filed bankruptcy while others just wrongfully denied claims. Many people were forced to try and rebuild on their own.
After driving around for awhile, we decided to take a closer look at one of the damaged homes which happened to be on the market. The asking price was approximately $900K. These are the last few photos in this entry. It appears the house may not have ever been completely finished based on the state of the home's interior which was even more sad. The house was built pretty high off the water but the waves were obviously very intense as you can see the pool deck was ripped right up by the wind and water. It was chilling to see the aftermath of such an intense natural disaster.