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Debris covers Mobile Bay Causeway in wake of storm surge

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As daylight broke Sunday, it revealed what Hurricane Nate left in its path for folks in Baldwin County -- a lot of clean-up.

There were also sporadic power outages, but for the majority of residents, it was a day to get things back in order.  For ALDOT crews on the Mobile Bay Causeway, there was plenty of that to do.  

The causeway remained closed to traffic.  ALDOT crews began clearing what they could as they waited for waters from the storm surge to fully recede.  Spanish Fort Police Chief, David Edgar escorted Fox 10 News across the causeway to see what they were dealing with.  From propane tanks, coolers and massive trees to boats left in the middle of the road, the storm left its mark.  Edgar said the surge he saw overnight was formidable.

“It was enough to float these tow boats,” Edgar said of the two old boats that welcome diners to Felix’s Fish Camp.  “Some other vehicles got floated onto the causeway or near the causeway, a lot of debris that is normally in the bay…logs and things of that nature are on the roadway.”

Those who left their cars behind may not find much when they return.  One car left in the parking area at the Bayway interchange was still mostly underwater even after much of the water receded.  Another car Edgar saw in the parking lot of Café Del Rio overnight appeared to have been washed away.

“We won’t know until the water recedes some that we can get in the parking lot and actually look,” Edgar explained.  “I know it was there last night.  I don’t know that it was drivable, but it’s a possibility that it is in the bay.”

The cleanup wasn’t just on roadways.  There were several trees down in the Spanish Fort.  One in Spanish Fort Estates fell right on top of a pickup truck.  

Felix Griffin and his family live on Spanish Main in Spanish Fort Estates.  What they thought was a loud clap of thunder overnight turned out to be a large tree snapping off and landing on the family pickup.  At 94 years of age, he was grateful for strangers stopping by to help.

“There’s been plenty people come by to help,” Griffin said.

Similar scenes played out from the north end of the county to the gulf, but according to county officials there were no reports of injuries due to the storm.   

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