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Motorists take on knee deep water on Dauphin Island

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DAUPHIN ISLAND, AL (WALA) -

Dauphin Island has received significant flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy.

High water on the west end of the island made driving on the main roadway an adventure. The storm stirred up the surf and flooded the islands main roadway.  

There was high water on Bienville Boulevard about 7:00 Wednesday morning on the west end of Dauphin Island about two miles east of the beach. It was about an hour and a half before high tide.    

We met Robert Chambliss driving in from further west on the island where the water appeared to be even deeper. He advised others not to try it.   

Chambliss said, "My brother-in-law's place here is just up the road here, not far. I came down here just to check on it.  I brought my daughter to work. (I) didn't want her driving the car down here." 

Michael Naug and his family are visiting here from Dallas and were going back to their condo. He said he thought the water was still rising this morning.  

Naug said, "We're staying about a quarter mile further down the west end.  So far, it's probably gotten up to running board of our truck." 

Ted Lawrence was heading back west into the deep water, too.  Lawrence said, "We ran out of coffee, so we're headed back.  We rented a place down for a week and we're going to check it out."

When I asked him if he drove through the high water to get coffee, Lawrence said, "Yes, sir. You've got to have that coffee in the morning."  

Later in the morning, the city set up a roadblock heading into the hardest hit areas. That's because the water was too high down Bienville Boulevard on the West End.

Robert Ellison from Hot Springs, Arkansas was excited he could watch nature's show from his beach front condo. 

He said, "It's pretty awesome."  

Despite the high surf, there was little rain Wednesday morning. And that allowed the flood waters on Bienville Boulevard to recede. By 9 am, you could start seeing the debris that was left on the roadway. 

But the rain started again, and the tide came back up.

It was hard to hear the soothing sound of the waves over the howling wind on Dauphin Island Wednesday afternoon. Tropical Storm Cindy put a damper on the vacation some were hoping for.  Big gusts of wind took siding off of homes, flipping chairs, and blowing debris into the road. The flooding was so bad police had to block off the road to the West End beach.

"We just gotta make sure the general public, we don't put them in harms way, and they don't put themselves in harms way so, that's our main concern right now," said Dauphin Island Police Chief Kym Claw.

We took a ride in the police department's Humvee to see the worst of it, right as the rain started coming down hard.

Through the flood waters and over the piles of sand washed up over the road, you could see what the storm had done in just 24 hours.

It's not the ride vacationers thought they'd be taking to get to their beach home this summer. But they're looking on the bright side.

"The first two days were great, and then after that, it's been this…we saved on sunblock though," laughed Blake Ellison from Arkansas.

A couple people were brave enough to ride the roaring waves. Others wanted to take in the view with a stroll on the beach during a break in the rain.

"We've been sitting on the porch and the patio looking out, we're pretty close to the beach so it's kinda neat to look out and see how the waves are changing just with the storm coming in," said Ethan Stepp, who is visiting from Shreveport, Louisiana.

Mayor Jeff Collier tells us he knows there's going to be a lot of clean up after the water goes down, but there's nothing they can do until the storm moves on. Folks on the island, of course, are hoping the worst is over.

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