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Tropical Storm Cindy slams Dauphin Island

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Flooding on the West End of Dauphin Island Tuesday. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles. Flooding on the West End of Dauphin Island Tuesday. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles.
A car gets stuck trying to turn around on Bienville Blvd on the West End. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles. A car gets stuck trying to turn around on Bienville Blvd on the West End. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles.
Waves crash against a home on the water on the West End of Dauphin Island. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles. Waves crash against a home on the water on the West End of Dauphin Island. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles.
DAUPHIN ISLAND, AL (WALA) -

Residents and vacationers on the West End of Dauphin Island were forced to stay inside their homes as the rain and wind from Tropical Storm Cindy caused dangerous surf and flooding. 

FOX10 News was there Tuesday afternoon as the outer bands of the storm hit the West End hard. But the roughest weather came after the sun went down. The water rose to a foot or more in some places over Bienville Boulevard, making it impassable for some. 

The rain came down all day long, and the wind got even stronger. For vacationers, no sign of the summer sun. It's not what 10-year-old Miles Bell was expecting for his getaway on Dauphin Island this summer. 

"I've just been inside all day, I took a nap earlier and because there's nothing to do here that's not outside…I guess I'm stuck inside all week."

But the beginning of Tropical Storm Cindy caused bigger problems than boredom for people on the West End. 

Several people who wanted to check out the beach got stuck in the sand trying. The rain pushed sand from the beach onto the roads. Good thing Jacob Robertson was there to help. His family is visiting from Texas, and he was checking out the flooding, when he saw a car stuck and helped push it out. It happened a couple more times as people tried to turn around. A resident who lives across the street says she saw around fifteen cars get stuck.

Robertson was looking for something to do anyway, with a washed out vacation keeping him inside too.

"We're just trying to entertain ourselves, we're stuck in a beach house all day so trying to make fun," says Robertson.

What's also usually fun; big waves, meaning big surf, but local Richard Pineger wasn't taking any chances. 

"At first I was thinking I was going to body surfing…but by the time I got all the way down here I realized it's way too rough to even think about getting in the water," he says.

The storm also caused the power to go out for many around 7:00 p.m. We're told 1,400 people were without power at one point, but for most of them it was restored shortly after. 100 people were still without power around 9:30 p.m. 

But those on the island are making the most of it. 

"I caught a fish on the lake, and threw it to some seagulls on the road," says Bell.

By lake…he means flood waters, which rose as the night went on. That's nothing new for Dauphin islanders during a storm, but for out-of-towners, it's pretty bad. 

"I've never seen anything like this before, we were talking about it, this is probably the 10th or 11th annual family vacation that we've taken to the beach but we've never had weather like this, just bad luck I guess," says Robertson.

Mayor Jeff Collier says there are a lot of people on the island staying in vacation homes, since it's peak season. He's hoping they make smart decisions and stay off the roads, and is expecting a lot of clean up after the storm moves through.

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