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Dauphin Island cleanup expected to take four to five days

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Nearly 48 hours after Nate slammed into the Gulf Coast, its impact is still being felt. 

Nate had the fastest recorded forward motion of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The hurricane causing powerful storm surge completely flooding parking lots in areas along the Gulf Coast, also bringing heavy wind and rain. 

Dauphin Island is still feeling the effects from Nate.  

It's not unusual to see water and sand on roadways on the west end of of Dauphin Island. 

But Mayor Jeff Collier says Nate created what he called "a whole lot of work" for city crews.

Collier said, "The road is covered with as much as three to five feet of sand for the last three miles of Bienville Boulevard, and that's going to be a major undertaking.  Our main goal there again is to try to get the road clear so that we can get access down there for the people that need it."  

One of the people who needs it is Richard Pinegar, who we found using a bicycle to get through some flooded parts of Bienville Boulevard.

He says the road in front of his house is flooded.

Pinegar says he got off the island before the storm arrived.

Pinegar said, "We leave anytime there's the threat of a storm, so we know what it's going to be like down here if you stay, there's nothing you can do. People say, 'Well, I'm going to stay here and protect.'  You can't protect anything."

Police have set up a check-in point on the west end of the island to keep non-residents out.

Clearing the road is a tedious process
Collier said, "The first thing we do is come and try to open up the road and just pile the sand up upon the sides.   Then we come back later and take that sand, it likely will have to be sifted, and then reload it and take it back to the beach."

Collier thinks the cleanup effort from Nate will take about four or five days.

But other repairs may have to be made, too, like at West End Beach.

Storm surge caused plenty of erosion Saturday morning, hours before Nate hit.

But ,again, the island is prepared for this, and so are the people who live here.

Pinegar said, "It's a whole different world and you either have to accept it or you don't have any business down here.  That's all there is to it."

Mayor Collier says Nate will force the last Sunday sunset concert this coming weekend to be moved from West End Beach to Fort Gaines.

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