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Nate causes flooding, power outages in Alabama; water rescues needed in Mobile

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A large billboard was downed by Hurricane Nate in Mobile off Airport Boulevard. (Photo: Joah Norris, FOX10 News) A large billboard was downed by Hurricane Nate in Mobile off Airport Boulevard. (Photo: Joah Norris, FOX10 News)
Water covers Water Street early Sunday morning in downtown Mobile. (Photo: Rodney Rocker, FOX10 News) Water covers Water Street early Sunday morning in downtown Mobile. (Photo: Rodney Rocker, FOX10 News)
Water on St. Louis Street in downtown Mobile, hours after Nate passed through the region. (Photo: Rodney Rocker, FOX10 News) Water on St. Louis Street in downtown Mobile, hours after Nate passed through the region. (Photo: Rodney Rocker, FOX10 News)
A boat tied up in Moss Point, Miss., was damaged by Hurricane Nate. (Photo: Matt Barrentine, FOX10 News) A boat tied up in Moss Point, Miss., was damaged by Hurricane Nate. (Photo: Matt Barrentine, FOX10 News)
A boat that was on the Felix's Fish Camp property came to rest alongside the Causeway roadway as Nate moved through the region. (Photo: Hal Scheurich, FOX10 News) A boat that was on the Felix's Fish Camp property came to rest alongside the Causeway roadway as Nate moved through the region. (Photo: Hal Scheurich, FOX10 News)
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Although most of Nate's wrath was felt in Mississippi, to the east Alabama did get heavy rains and winds from the storm.

In downtown Mobile, Water Street lived up to its name, with water covering the roadway Sunday morning.

But Water Street isn't the only place flooding in the area. The Causeway was covered, and in the Dog River area some residents called for help when the water began to rise at their homes.

Four people were rescued early Sunday by the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department because of rising water near Dog River, near Navco and Creel Roads. 

Resident Lakeisha Hill, who was rescued from her Parkway Drive home along with her sons, told FOX10 News she will never again choose to ride out a hurricane in her home.

"I can't swim," she told FOX10 News while waiting for rescue.

Mobile Fire-Rescue officials also report water rescue calls downtown at St. Michael and St. Louis streets as well as Government and Water streets.

An initial damage report from Mobile County at daybreak shows light damage throughout the county. Residents are advised to be aware of localized flooding which could still occur and to use caution when traveling and travel only if necessary.

Roads in Mobile County impassable due to flooding:

  • Coden Belt Road
  • Shell Belt Road
  • Water Street in Downtown Mobile

Roads impassable due to trees in the roadways:

  • McGregor near Airport Boulevard
  • Snow Road and Autumn Leaf Drive
  • State Road and Highway 188/Henderson Camp Road in the Grand Bay area
  • Natchez and Bayou Creek
  • County Road 19 in Irvington

Roads that were closed Saturday and remain closed Sunday morning:

  • Causeway
  • Dauphin Island Causeway and Bridge

The Mobile County Public Works assessment team has examined damage to one bridge on Shell Belt Road, according to the county, and two bridges on Coden Belt Road. Damage to all three bridges includes washed out asphalt approaches and displaced riprap, some of which is now on the roadways. An engineering survey to check the bridges for structural safety will be carried out this week. Both roads will remain closed until all repairs are made.

The city of Dauphin Island reports sand across Bienville Boulevard. The sand stretches three miles and is six feet deep. 

In Mobile off Airport Boulevard, at Border Circle West, a large billboard was downed by winds associated with Nate. At 2:11 a.m., a 66 mph gust was recorded in west Mobile.

Nate, whose center came ashore overnight in Louisiana and then Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane, was subsequently downgraded to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression, as the system moved quickly into Alabama north of Mobile County. It moved rapidly out of the FOX10 News viewing area.

The storm caused several power outages in the area.

As of 7:15 a.m., Baldwin EMC was reporting 1,681 customers without power. Alabama Power reported 55,000 without power in the Mobile area Sunday morning.

Alabama Power says outages are in west Mobile, Saraland, Citronelle, Prichard, Jackson, Thomasville, Bay Minette, and other spots throughout the area. Alabama Power has crews working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to these areas, according to spokeswoman Beth Thomas.

Update: At 11:20 a.m. Thomas contacted FOX10 News to say the list of Alabama Power customers without power in the area had been reduced to 35,000.

To report power outages, in Baldwin County the number is 251-989-6247. In Mobile County the number is 1-800-888-2726. You can also text the word "outage" to 85700.

More than 28,000 power outages were reported in south Mississippi.

The Spanish Fort Water System on Sunday morning issued a notice for its customers on the Causeway east of the I-10 overpass to boil their water until further notice. This is while crews work to restore a water supply pipe damaged by Nate.

It is estimated that the work will be concluded Monday and that the boil water order likely will be lifted Monday afternoon or evening, according to an official.

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