MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Strong storms moved through our area this morning, causing coastal flooding that affected the morning commute.
Big waves crashed over the wall on the Causeway, flooding the eastbound lanes, making the morning commute treacherous.
Eventually, ALDOT had to shut down the eastbound lanes because of all the flooding.
Some cars weren’t able to make it out of the floodwaters, including an ALDOT truck that became stuck on the shoulder.
Some people tried using the median to get around all the flooding, but also wound up stuck in the mud and grass.
Flooding continued on the Causeway until the system finally moved away.
It wasn’t just the causeway that saw flooding, Dauphin Island also saw water take over the streets.
Between a foot and a foot and a half of water covered Bienville Boulevard on the west end.
Picture from the island showed what many woke up to this morning. So what caused the flooding?
First, along Dauphin Island you can see that the water rise happened right at high tide. Strong and persistent southerly winds pushed and funneled the water up Mobile Bay.
Dauphin Island saw between a foot and a foot and a half of flooding on the west end of Bienville Boulevard.
Farther north, the Fowl River gauge measured two feet of water rise during the storm.
The biggest water rise we saw was the gauge at Coast Guard Sector Mobile…nearly three feet! And that’s about what we saw on the causeway at the height of the storm.