Cleanup Continues West End of Dauphin Island One Month After Ida | Mobile County Alabama News
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama (WALA) – A month after Hurricane Ida left most of the West End buried in sand, crews are still working to clear the last sand from side streets and driveways.
Bienville Boulevard is now clear because all the sand has been pushed to the side. Then comes the process of returning to the beach.
“We’re going to have to sift it again this year,” said Mayor Collier. “There is debris mixed up. We have obtained permission from National Fisheries and Wildlife to return to the beach, so we will begin this process early next week.”
Electricity and water have been restored, meaning residents have returned and vacationers have resumed renting at the west end
“It’s good to see a recovery,” Messner said. “That’s the best thing. And people still go out and come here for vacations.
Crews were also able to partially open the West Beach parking lot for the first time this week to help keep the roads clear when construction intensifies next week.
“We opened it up so that we had more room for people to park and get off the roads. It becomes a problem as we start to clean up the sand, ”said Mayor Collier. “We’re going to have to put the vehicles away. “
Work will take several months before West End Beach is fully open again. Mayor Collier estimates it will be close to early next year before all the sand has been removed. People we spoke to say they are happy that progress has been made so quickly and that the work is not slowing them down.
“The beach, of course, has beach stuff in it, but other than that we never would have known there was something wrong where we are staying,” said Lathrop.
“Anytime a community can recover as fast as this community did, I think it’s great,” Messner said. “It motivates people to come and enjoy the water.”
The checkpoint on Bienville Boulevard will be in place when heavy machinery is used. When the checkpoint is active, you will need a pass to access the west end.