Cleanup begins on Dauphin Island after Ida | Hurricanes Tropics Storm Tracker Forecast Maps
DAUPHIN ISLAND, ALA (WALA) – Clean-up efforts are beginning to intensify on Dauphin Island in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Crews can finally make their way to the West End to see the damage now that the worst of times have passed.
“Not only is it good that the rains have stopped, but also the tides and winds so that we don’t continue to have the saltwater intrusion,” said Jeff Collier. “It really is our biggest problem.”
Water still covers the road just past the Raphael Semmes Road checkpoint. Anything beyond St. Stephens Road is buried under three to four feet of sand. Only utility crews and residents are allowed to pass this point, and they must have a re-entry pass. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier advises residents not to try to return just yet.
“There aren’t any utilities at this point either, so right now it’s mostly people who want to come in and check on the condition of their homes,” Collier said.
Alabama Power crews make the difficult journey down Bienville Boulevard to repair broken utility poles. The work is expected to last several weeks. People we spoke to are always happy with how the island looks.
“It’s a blessing that nothing has really gone so badly,” said Pearson. We have sand on the road, a little water but we have it for any tropical storm or hurricane so for us. I think we have been very lucky and blessed.
Although it will take some time for things to get back to normal. Residents agree that Dauphin Island will rebound as always.
“Dauphin Island is probably the most hurricane-resistant island or place in the world. We’re so touched and they can clean this place up and make it look perfect so quickly that’s ridiculous, ”Pearson said.
The mayor also mentioned that the rest of the island is open for business as usual.