Cleanup begins on Dauphin Island

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DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WKRG) — Cleanup has begun on the island after the storm.

Barry dropped rain on the island, causing the West End to flood. Crews are out cleaning up after the floods.

Pumps are running on the western portion of the island, moving the water away from Bienville Boulevard. Some water remains over the roadway close to the West End Beach.

Many on the island are relieved the storm didn’t leave behind more damage.

“This was wonderful. And they don’t have to plow all of the West End like before in past storms,” said Lynn Irving, a Dauphin Island Resident.

Irving has lived on Dauphin Island for more than 25 years. She decided to venture out to see the damage done by Barry Sunday afternoon.

“I thought it was going to be a lot worse,” said Irving.

One thing getting the most attention on the island, a Dodge Charger buried in the sand up to the hood of the car as a result of the storm, pulled nearly out to sea. Other than that, Irving says Barry left behind the least amount of damage she’s seen done than any other storm she’s experienced.

“Nothing bad, a little bit of stuff undermined,” said Irving.

She wasn’t the only one checking out what Barry destroyed.

Volunteers like Richard Brewer, with Share the Beach, were out checking on what was left of the sea turtle nests.

“Seven we’ve lost outright. Out of 21. And then the rest are overwashed. And that means that they’re likely lost,” said Brewer.

Brewer says the damage was not as bad as he was expecting to see.

“Honestly, I thought it was going to be a little worse,” said Brewer.

A checkpoint remains in place.

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