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Clear roads ahead on Dauphin Island for July 4th

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Independence day is a big day on Dauphin Island.

This year, it means a fireworks show at night, and plenty of beach visitors during the day, but also a reason to celebrate after Tropical Storm Cindy caused major flooding a couple of weeks ago.

It was less than two weeks ago when Cindy brought heavy rain and high surf that flooded parts of the major thoroughfare, Bienville Boulevard, on the west end of Dauphin Island.

Tuesday, you could still find sand on some parts of the roadway, but its not causing any problems for people to driving to the public beach on the west end of the island.

Mayor Jeff Collier said, "Some of the side roads, we had as much as five or six feet of sand, so when you start adding that up, with hundreds of feet of road, that's a lot of sand, so it's takes quite a while to get it moved out of the way."

Shortly after dawn, people were already coming to the beach to fish or just relax like Josh Smith and his wife Autumn, who's from Kankakee, Illinois
 
Autumn said, "My dad and step mom's family go somewhere every year, and, this year, they decided to come to Alabama." 

Josh Smith said, "The baby didn't really want to sleep much last night.  She was so excited: a new place.  Mom was up all night with her." 
 
By mid-morning, the beach at the Dauphin Island Pier was getting busy, too.

This is where Tuesday night's fireworks show will be held, but some people came early. 

Roddy Gillespie came here from Mobile.
 
He said, "We usually come down, watch the fireworks and stay all day, watch the fireworks."

When asked what he liked about coming here, he said, "It's local." 

Chuck Oates and his family are locals, too.

You might say this found this "dog day afternoon" to be picture perfect.

Oates said, "Yeah, about once a month we come down and just take a family walk and bring our dogs down and walk along the beach." 

When asked what she liked about coming to Dauphin Island, Oates daughter Bayleigh said,  "Just enjoying it and walking the pups.   

The fireworks show kicks of at 9pm Tuesday on the island at the public beach next to Dauphin Island Elementary School.

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