Hurricane Nate made landfall overnight Saturday as a Category 1 Hurricane, with the eye centered about 80 west of Dauphin Island. The strong storm surge has caused damage to some of the Gulf-front homes on the West End of the Island, and the main road, Bienville Blvd, is buried under 3-6 feet of sand.
The bridge to the Island is open, and Town of Dauphin Island Road crews were already working Sunday morning to clear Bienville Blvd. Bienville is accessible from the far East end of the Island, past the water tower, Condos/Public Beach area, until Raphael Semmes. There is a Police checkpoint at Raphael Semmes, beyond which only Homeowners with Re-entry permits are allowed to proceed. as of sunset Sunday night, the road was only passable to St. Stephens, and it required driving through about a foot of standing water at that time. The water will continue to recede, but it often takes several days or more for this to happen.
Electric Power was operating on the East End of the Island, through the condos, as as far as Raphael Semmes, on the south side of Bienville, but not much further, as of last night. There was no power in the canal areas of Mallard or Sandpiper, nor to the houses on Bienville west of St. Andrews. There were several crews of lineman working to restore power yesterday.
The West End is currently under a BOIL ORDER , per the Dauphin Island Water Department
As of Noon today, Monday Oct 9